David Barrett

David Barrett

Thomas Pynchon’s new novel displays all the bravura imagination of the rest of his oeuvre, but sees the elusive writer finally coming to terms with the world

J.M. Coetzee is a curiously chilly author and his Kafkaesque new novel is a parable about the writer’s place in a world ruled by cold rationalism

Book review of A Point of View by Clive James

Book review of The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories by Don DeLillo

The judge who resigned over the Man Booker International Prize being awarded to Philip Roth wilfully ignored the author’s enduring brilliance

Damian Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull is a worthless as it is indulgent

The tale of Martin Amis’s dead talent is so popular in the press that it has become a cliché. But his detractors’ criticisms increasingly focus on his private life, not his literature

Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy by David Leigh and Luke Harding reveals the Wikileaks founder’s facile politics and ignorance of history

An “Orwellian” US-based company, which generates editorial content “without human authoring”, highlights the difference between lazy journalism and sinister civil restriction