John de Falbe

Chaos and the old order

28 January 2012 10:00 am

If Gregor von Rezzori is known to English language readers, it is likely to be through his tense, disturbing novel…

Memories in a world of forgetting

17 September 2011 12:00 am

It is several years since Anna Funder published Stasiland, her acclaimed book about East Germany. Her new book is a…

Captain courageous

7 May 2011 12:00 am

The sum of hard biographical facts about Captain Cook never increases, nor is it expected to.

Desk-bound traveller

5 March 2011 12:00 am

With a new novel each year, Robert Edric cannot have much time for courting London’s literary establishment, but does he stay at home in East Yorkshire? The London Satyr is set in 1890s London and to me, a Londoner, it seems not merely researched but felt, as if its author has tramped the streets and occupied the world of his characters.

The start of the affair

30 October 2010 12:00 am

In this season of Franzen frenzy, spare a thought for André Aciman, an American writer whose name, I think, is so far unmentioned in the daft pursuit of the Great American Novel.

Small but perfectly formed

23 June 2010 12:00 am

Some years ago, Edmund de Waal inherited a remarkable collection of 264 netsuke from his great-uncle Iggie, whom he had got to know 20 years previously while studying pottery and Japanese in Tokyo.

Far from idyllic

28 October 2009 12:00 am

We’re Levantines … hold your head up high and say, ‘Yes, I am. What of it? Byzantine and Ottoman…’

The lure of the gypsies

8 July 2009 12:00 am

Along the Enchanted Way: A Romanian Story, by William Blacker

A patriarch and his family

13 May 2009 12:00 am

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, by Daniyal Mueenuddin

One-man triumph

28 January 2009 12:00 am

The Companion to British History (Third Edition), by Charles Arnold Baker

Hope and Glory

29 October 2008 12:00 am

Home, by Marilynne Robinson

Night thoughts in an unhappy home

27 August 2008 12:00 am

Man in the Dark by Paul Auster

Good length delivery

6 August 2008 12:00 am

John De Walbe on Jennie Walker's novel

Flouting the rules

26 March 2008 12:00 am

John de Falbe on the new novella from Peter Adolphsen

Love among the journalists

23 January 2008 12:00 am

John de Falbe on James Meek's latest book

A one off

21 November 2007 4:02 pm

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Once happy havens

7 November 2007 1:18 pm

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Shifting hearts, shifting sands

10 October 2007 11:56 am

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Radium and the nature of love

19 October 2006 11:35 am

For 16 years, from 1878, Blanche Wittman was a patient in the infamous Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, diagnosed by the…

The maze of the mind

5 July 2006 4:00 pm

With the publication last year of Your Face Tomorrow 1: Fever and Spear, the first volume of a trilogy and…

Memories of loss

1 April 2006 12:00 am

The first short chapter of The Other Side of You looks so simple. After introducing us to Elizabeth Cruickshank, a…

The rich harvest of the random

5 November 2005 12:00 am

There is a delightful moment in this novel when Nathan, the narrator, is standing on one side of the street…

Broadening the mind without moving

22 October 2005 12:00 am

The phrase ‘armchair travel’ sounds quaint; suggestive of austerity at home and anarchy abroad; an era of currency restrictions and…

The lower end of the higher good

23 July 2005 12:00 am

This superb novel takes place in the remote settlement of Yazyk, at the end of a 100-mile spur off the…

The shooting gallery

28 May 2005 12:00 am

The Rules of Perspective is set in a provincial German art museum as it is bombed by the Americans at…