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Review: ”The Discomfort of Evening” – a Freudian pastoral

In the run-up to the International Booker Prize on May the 19th, The Oxford Blue is keeping you up to speed with reviews of the shortlisted novels. ‘‘Name a single Dutch author.’’ At this question my otherwise far better-read Oxford friends go blank. It is not an oversight on their part: Dutch literature has been Read More…

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T.S Eliot prize: Explorations of Testimony

‘No one bears witness for the witness,’ remarked Paul Celan – to bear witness is to bear the utter solitude of absolute responsibility. The burden of the witness-survivor pervades Roger Robinson’s A Parable Paradise, which was most recently awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize: a highly prestigious poetry commendation with a cheque for £25,000. Several reviewers have Read More…