Oedipus

Some novels are aptly named – Distortion is one of them

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Coming 12 years after his acclaimed debut, Londonstani, Gautam Malkani’s second novel Distortion features a vivid argot, complicating and defamiliarising…

Love and tragedy in Orhan Pamuk’s Oepidean tale

2 September 2017 9:00 am

The Red-haired Woman is shorter than Orhan Pamuk’s best-known novels, and is, in comparison, pared down, written with deliberate simplicity…

Radio drama is far more adventurous than anything visuals can achieve

4 March 2017 9:00 am

At the third UK International Radio Drama Festival held last week in Herne Bay, entitled ‘And Let Us Listen to…

Not a repertory piece but in its dignity it earns respect: Royal Opera’s Oedipe reviewed

28 May 2016 9:00 am

For years I have been telling people that they should listen to, in the absence of staged performances, Enescu’s opera…

Maggie Smith as Jocasta in Jean Cocteau’s ‘The Infernal Machine’, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 1986

Brian Aldiss unpicks the Jocasta complex

24 January 2015 9:00 am

What if the gods of Greek myth had parallels with Freud’s notion of the unconscious? This is just one idea…