Duncan Fallowell

Josette Day and Jean Marias in La Belle et La Bête, one of Cocteau’s most visually stunning films

Jean Cocteau: confessions of an opium addict

7 January 2017 9:00 am

All biography is both an act of homage and a labour of dissection, and all biographers are jealous of their…

Blitzkrieg and Benzedrine: the German High Command were all as high as kites

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Norman Ohler is rather hard on the Nazis, for compared to what our little group got up to in the…

Delphine Seyrig in Last Year in Marienbad, Alain Renais’s great enigmatic masterpiece

Homage to Alain Resnais’s mesmerising masterpiece, Last Year in Marienbad

3 September 2016 9:00 am

In the beginning was Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, pleached and Proustian, released in February 1960. This was followed soon after,…

The writer Natalie Barney and painter Romaine Brooks in Paris c. 1915

From Auden to Wilde: a roll call of gay talent

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The Comintern was the name given to the international communist network in the Soviet era, advancing the cause wherever it…

Happy early days: Erika and Klaus in 1927

Was Klaus Mann all Thomas Mann's fault?

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Thomas Mann, despite strong homosexual emotions, had six children. The two eldest, Erika and Klaus, born in 1905 and 1906…

The Winter Palace, St Petersburg, 1840, by Ferdinand Victor Perrot (Pushkin Museum)

The man who knows all the Hermitage's secrets - and he's keeping them

10 October 2015 9:00 am

The front cover of this book describes the Hermitage as ‘the Greatest Museum in the World’. That sobriquet must go…

Machado de Assis wasn’t the Dickens of Brazil— but he is one of the greats

15 August 2015 9:00 am

The surname is pronounced ‘M’shahdo j’Asseece’. There are also two Christian names — Joaquim Maria — which are usually dispensed…

Bernard Berenson and Kenneth Clark: pen friends, not true friends

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Robert Cumming’s opening sentence is: ‘Kenneth Clark and Bernard Berenson first met in the summer of 1925.’ One is then…

Why is a fish like a bicycle? Pedro Friedeberg’s letters to Duncan Fallowell may provide a clue at last

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Duncan Fallowell on the elusive Mexican artist and man-of-letters who has been his friend and faithful correspondent over many years —  though they have never met

An ill-waged war against the war on drugs

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Since drugs became popular, there have been countless books on what to do with them. The most interesting are those…

The most romantic winter resort in Europe: Taormina, with Mount Etna in the background, by Edward Lear

The fruitcake island of Sicily and its legion of literary visitors

3 May 2014 9:00 am

At the opposite end of the Continent to ourselves, Sicily has always been an attraction for the English who, from…

William S. Burroughs was a writer – not a painter, prophet, philosopher

8 February 2014 9:00 am

William S. Burroughs lived his life in the grand transgressive tradition of Lord Byron and Oscar Wilde and, like all…

The World According to Karl, edited by Jean-Christophe Napias - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Every fashion era has its monster and in ours it’s Karl Lagerfeld, a man who has so emptied himself on…

Backing Into the Light, by Colin Spencer - review

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Colin Spencer first came to my notice in the Swinging Sixties when a fellow undergraduate alerted me to his larky…

The Garden of Eros, by John Calder - review

1 June 2013 9:00 am

John Calder is Britain’s most distinguished living publisher, and at the age of 86 he’s still at it. He first…