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Vladimir Nabokov’s Superman poem published for the first time

In The Man of To-morrow’s Lament, rejected by the New Yorker in 1942, the ****** author imagines the superhero mourning his inability to have children with Lois LaneA lost poem by Vladimir Nabokov, written from the perspective of Superman as he laments...

Friends by Robin Dunbar review – why it pays to be sociable

Is it possible to have more than five very close friends? A miscellany of modern research reveals the life-saving power of our relationships“There is nothing to which nature seems so much to have inclined us, as to society,” wrote Montaigne in “Of Frie...

The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen review – challenging colonialism

Journeying into the Parisian underworld, this powerful follow-up to The Sympathizer is a political novel that masquerades as a thriller“We were the unwanted, the unneeded and the unseen, invisible to all but ourselves.” And with those words he is back,...

Six Dr Seuss books cease publication over racist and insensitive portrayals

Author’s estate aims to represent and support ‘all communities’Dr Seuss children’s books earned $33m pre-tax in 2020Publication of six Dr Seuss books will cease, the company that preserves and protects the author’s legacy said on Tuesday, due to their ...

Rein Gold by Elfriede Jelinek review – a wearying Wagner update

The Nobel prize-winning writer turns the Ring cycle drama into a grim dialogue about capitalism’s perilsImagine a Wagner opera without the music – seven hours of dense verbal repetition, lacking the benefit of an oceanic orchestra and exultant singing ...

Albert and the Whale by Philip ***** review – his greatest work yet

The gifted writer summons the eclectic travels of Albrecht Dürer with captivating passion, poignancy, pure wonder and a personal twistAlbrecht Dürer was the first great sightseer in the history of art, travelling Europe to see conjoined twins, Aztec go...

George M Johnson: ‘***** characters tend to die at the end of books’

The bestselling author on their memoir about growing up *** and black in the US, helping others to find healing, and the power of non-binary young adultsGeorge M Johnson is a writer and activist whose first book, All Boys Aren’t Blue, is a memoir about...