Monthly Archives: July 2013

Franz Kafka

‘Kafka: The Years of Insight,’ by Reiner Stach Kafka. K. The letter is his alone. He liked the word “Zweifellosigkeit,” which can be awkwardly translated as “indubitableness.” To be true, a work had to be indubitable. He felt his story…

Horace and the world today

Horace and Me, by Harry Eyres After Zorba the Greek, here comes Horace the Roman. The peasant Zorba, you’ll remember from the film, releases uptight, genteel Alan Bates from his cage of repressed Englishness. Now it’s Horace, the Augustan lyric…

The sad tale of democracy in Russia

Poets and Czars.From Pushkin to Putin: the sad tale of democracy in Russia It was only a century ago that Russia was the center of world literature. Writers streamed from all over the world to Yasnaya Polyana to bow before…