Category Archives: Herman Koch

And the Prize for the Most Evil Woman in Fiction Goes To …

I’m interrupting my series of Bailey’s shortlist reviews to detour into something that I both love and hate in literature.  I love properly evil characters; from Lady Macbeth to Septimus Snape, everyone knows that the characters who really stick with … Continue reading

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Satisfyingly dark: ‘The Dinner’ by Herman Koch (2009)

The dinner in ‘The Dinner’ takes place in the kind of restaurant that only serves the most precious slivers of food.  Nonetheless, even the most ravenous of the eaters is full by the end.  It’s the perfect frame for this … Continue reading

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