What happened to the language of politics?

Rational political speech is under attack and failing to convince a sceptical public. Should we blame the media?

Joseph Wright of Derby’s ‘A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery’ (c1766)
©Derby Museum and Art Gallery, UK/Bridgeman Im

The Dream of Enlightenment by Anthony Gottlieb review — in defence of reason

A clear-eyed history of Enlightenment philosophy that neither exaggerates nor diminishes the achievements of its subjects


The Storyteller by Walter Benjamin review — a thinker who dared to dream

Known as a philosopher and critic, Walter Benjamin also created a body of fiction that offers a glimpse of his fevered imagination

Portrait of Eimear McBride by Eva Vermandel
©Eva Vermandel

Eimear McBride: Irish writer recalls the ‘gloriousness’ of her arrival in London

Irish writer Eimear McBride, whose new novel is set in 1990s London, recalls the ‘gloriousness’ of her own arrival in the capital

Turkey by Ece Temelkuran review — ‘both an elegy and an exposé’

A nuanced account of the country’s turbulent political history

The Vanquished by Robert Gerwarth review — why the first world war failed to end

A history of Europe between 1917 and 1923 looks at the dark side of national self-determination

Black Square by Sophie Pinkham review — portraits of the post-Soviet generation

An American journalist’s studies of young lives in Ukraine and Russia

How I Became a North Korean by Krys Lee review — ‘a resonant response to political turmoil’

A courageous novel about a trio of teenagers thrown together at the North Korean border

The Seamstress and the Wind by César Aira review — ‘rich complications and airy whimsies’

An Argentine tale sees a woman embark on a fantastical hunt for her missing child

You Were Never Really Here by Jonathan Ames

You Were Never Really Here by Jonathan Ames — ‘slick and crunchy’

Review by Ralph Brealey