Monthly Archives: May 2014

Candia McWilliam: the best case-study since Freud’s Frau Emmy?

In her prize-winning A Case of Knives (1987) Candia McWilliam, a British novelist of my generation, created a word-circus. Her sentences were high-wire acts, her dialogues acrobatic and clowning. She was the Mistress of Ceremonies, cracking the whip to make … Continue reading

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A Difficult Lover and an Anti-Communist

‘Marek asked me to come and tell you that he loves you.’ The young Polish writer Marek Hlasko took German actress Sonja Ziemann’s breath away when he turned up on the filmset of Eighth Day of the Week in Wroclaw … Continue reading

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