Did we like this novel? What does it mean to like? What is our past, really, if we continue to relive it? And relieve it? And relive it? And – you get the point, but I’ll say it again. And again. And – you have just sampled the experience of reading Javier Marías’ massively successful…

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Things are not what they appear to be, and not even what they appear later to be. Foxes are animals that cannot be trusted, and sometimes they are not even animals. This is that in Sjón’s slender novel. Intriguing.

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Is there anything better than the story of a master forger?  If there is, I don’t know it.  This time we take a trip to the realm of non-fiction, looking into the complex world of Han Van Meegeren, a forger working in the style of Frans Hals and, especially, Johannes Vermeer, who sold his work…

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An interview with author, professor and psychoanalyst Josh Cohen, spy of our inner selves, examiner of the lies we live, and creator of the smash new meme, ‘#pervingon’. No secrets, please – we’re going English. Photo Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

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Hans Erich Nossack’s rare first person account of the 1943 destruction of Hamburg is served with a side of WG Sebald, who employs the word ‘should’, with grave consequences. BFFs.

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King Charles, Oliver Cromwell, a vagrant narrator, hedge mazes and dreaded puritans – Jeanette Winterson goes historical fiction on us again in her 1989 novel that is less than the sum of its parts. For a short book, it’s quite long.

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Traitor? Spy? Loyal American or self-serving amoralist?  Howard W Campbell Jr tries to write his own get out of jail free card in in Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Mother Night’. Vintage.

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Canonical fodder about a little boy with a man’s mind, who becomes a fully grown man in a little boy’s body, born and raised in the foreshadow and shadow of the Second World War. Blechtrommel is one word for it…

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Review of the 2011 debut novel by Ben Lerner in which a young American goes to Spain on the US government’s buck, meets two girls, and learns to fall in love with himself. Excellent book. Photo by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

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