Tibor Fischer

Tibor Fischer

Walter Kempowski has taken over Gunter Grass’s title of postwar German sage

When it comes the the novel, big isn’t always beautiful

Mario Vargas Llosa’s latest novel is an entertaining tale of blackmail and family warfare — but is not up to the standard of his best

Michel Houllebecq’s Soumission is provocative but treads familiar territory

Zia Haider Rahman is erudite and articulate – but no novelist

Karl Ove Knausgaard is a tedious chronicler of his own life

David Goodhart’s The British Dream isn’t a scintillating read, but it is a thoughtful articulation of the UK’s changing attitudes to immigration

Mikhail Shishkin’s new novel — the first to arrive in English — is ambitious, complicated and protean. And brilliant

Tom Wolfe isn’t at his best for all of Back to Blood, but at his best he’s the finest novelist working today

Orlando Figes’s Just Send Me the Word conveys the enduring love of a couple whose incarceration in Stalin’s gulags couldn’t suppress