Eloise Hendy on Family Trauma

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Annie Ernaux, Ocean Vuong, and Vigdis Hjorth are the three writers grouped together by Eloise Hendy, in a new essay at Frieze that identifies intergenerational trauma within families as the key concern of the contemporary novel.

 

Merve Emre on Benjamin Moser and Susan Sontag

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In The Atlantic, Merve Emre takes issue with Benjamin Moser’s new official biography of Susan Sontag, and particularly Moser’s distinction between Sontag’s private and public selves.

 

Sandra Newman on Toni Morrison

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In a Washington Post op-ed, Sandra Newman takes issue with the misattribution of platitudes to Toni Morrison in the wake of the author’s death.

 

Anthony Uhlmann on Wayne Macauley

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At the Sydney Review of Books, Anthony Uhlmann tries to pin down the inner workings and moral purposes of Wayne Macauley’s Simpson Returns.

 

J.H. Holt on Patrick Langley

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J.H. Holt zeroes in on how the depersonalised, staccato language of Patrick Langley’s Arkady conjures the textures of contemporary London, in a new review at Full Stop.