László Krasznahorkai, pictured at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2011
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Krasznahorkai wins Man Booker International

Hungarian writer ends run of three wins by North Americans

The pivot to America

Edward Luce considers Barack Obama’s foreign policy record and the task facing his successor as US president

‘Towards the Flame’, by Dominic Lieven

A history of tsarist Russia’s disastrous first world war puts aristocratic recklessness back at the centre of the story. Review by David Priestland

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‘Flood of Fire’, by Amitav Ghosh

The third part of the Ibis trilogy blends high drama and history to potent effect. Review by Alice Albinia

Alain Mabanckou

‘The Lights of Pointe-Noire’, by Alain Mabanckou

The years away prove hard to bridge in the novelist’s artful Congo-Brazzaville memoir. Review by Suzi Feay

Front cover of 'Pleasantville', by Attica Locke

‘Pleasantville’, by Attica Locke

Power struggles in a Houston neighbourhood acquire wider resonance in this murder mystery. Review by Isabel Berwick

In praise of serious noticing

Two leading critics celebrate the intersections between literature and life. Review by Laurence Scott

Front cover of 'The Scarlet Gospels', by Clive Barker

‘The Scarlet Gospels’, by Clive Barker

The return of one of the most recognisable characters in modern horror fiction. Review by James Lovegrove

‘Misbehaving’, by Richard Thaler

Behavioural economics is yet to change the world. Review by Giles Wilkes

Front cover of 'Common Ground', by Rob Cowen

‘Common Ground’, by Rob Cowen

Review by Serena Tarling

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