Despite ogres and dragons, the Booker prize winner’s first novel for a decade is absolutely characteristic, moving and unsettling, writes Jason Cowley
Far from being a failure, the project to make the individual ‘the ultimate unit of all law’ is still in its early stages — and we should celebrate its achievements
How the decision to enter the first world war led to political collapse, immense bloodshed — and the birth of the modern Middle East
Russia has often been described as a failing democracy. But is it better understood as an authoritarian project in the process of succeeding?
A rising generation of local mass-market authors is just one sign of an industry in the grip of rapid change
Three new books show the debate over how to combat the drugs trade taking a pragmatic turn
Anglophone readers may be growing more open to global literature but large parts of the world remain out of bounds
How we avoided Depression-era errors — and then relaxed too soon. Review by Ferdinando Giugliano
A country shaped by tragedy and triumph, from the Holy Roman Empire to its current half-hearted European hegemony
Scientists say we are entering a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene — the age of humans. But are we thriving or inadvertently destroying ourselves?