Monthly Archives: May 2009

Cover story in Solander

This piece appeared as the cover story for the latest issue of Solander. More than a Matter of Words: Lucinda Byatt looks at four Italian historical novels in translation I’ve included the full article on a separate page (click to … Continue reading

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Can you define historical truth, or write truthful fiction?

Well that’s a big question that I won’t even try to answer now, but it’s the lead-in to what promises to be a fascinating panel discussion at the Birkbeck Institute on Saturday 6th June: Talking Books “Novel History”. As one … Continue reading

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Gifted amateurs

I caught up the other day with an article that appeared in last Saturday’s Guardian.  (N.B.  It always takes me most of the week to work through the weekend papers, which is why I only buy papers on Saturdays – … Continue reading

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Il Gattopardo at Fifty (1958-2008)

I only read about this by chance, unfortunately – also because I’m committed to another meeting on the same day and sadly won’t be able to attend.  But I thought it might be worth posting in case other enthusiasts of … Continue reading

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