Frederic Raphael

Past imperfect

"Before the screening, I made bold to ask the audience not to refrain from laughter. They were nice enough to obey my incitement"

Hellenistic Hubris

Johanna Hanink's The Greek Debt asks if we owe the Greeks for the foundations of Western democracy—or do they owe us for their economic mismanagement?

The Art Of Euphemism

Crofton Black and Edmund Clark's book Negative Publicity, which tracks Bush-era extraordinary renditions through photographs and redacted documents, is a compound of elegant presentation and rough stuff

Eichmann’s phoney banality

Stangneth’s clear-eyed work spells out the genesis and “logic” of Holocaust denial in all its macabre absurdity

Eternal Land of the Golden Fleecing

Greeks have been fiddling the books ever since Agamemnon. Where else do you find such private generosity and public irresponsibility?

Underrated: Claude Lanzmann

The great French film director's magnum opus, Shoah, brought home the reality of the Holocaust

Bad Beyond Imagination

Bernhard Schlink's novel, The Reader, is both artistically and morally fraudulent. The oscar-winning film that sprung from it is no better

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"