David Herman

To whom does Kafka belong?

In telling the story of Kafka's papers, Benjamin Balint’s new book explores a larger issue: who owns Kafka?

Low points of life with Father

This has been an extraordinary autumn for books about the havoc bad fathers wreak on their children. It is hard to know which father comes out worst: Jonathan Miller or Steve Jobs

Acerbic enemy of cowardice

The latest volume of Frederic Raphael's diaries is a book full of bite and feline gossip

The boy in the ice-cream shop

Was Hans Asperger a benevolent and humane doctor? Or was he deeply implicated in Nazi psychiatry and its darkest episode, euthanasia?

Overrated: Ken Loach

The socialist filmmaker has usually been more popular with critics and film prize juries than with the public

Monument to a moment

Why is the BBC's Civilisations such a mess?

Family saga in war and peace

The story of a family over two generations becomes embedded in the history of the 20th century in Mark Mazower's What You Did Not Tell

Ignored no more

David Bomberg was one of the great British artists of the 20th century but was always an outsider and suffered neglect for much of his career

Thespian Agitprop

Why is British theatre about Israel so relentlessly one-note?

Shouted down

Honest analysis of Labour under Corbyn during the election was buried by mainstream news outlets

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"