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Book Review: The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Johnson’s choice to make his characters speak in a casual vernacular, using American slang and speech patterns, makes this ambitious story easy to speed through and easy to enjoy; as does the feeling that the reader is in the hands of a master of the form: this is first-class fiction by an extremely accomplished writer. However, his reliance on Western ideas renders his vision shallow. Read more →

“Neither a Satanic nor a Napoleonic Giant but a Plain Sinner” : The Tragedy of Raskolnikov

For our Transgression theme, Thomas Chadwick revisits a Russian classic in which the laws constraining man can be broken, as long as you consider yourself extraordinary. First published in 1866, Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment hinges on a man who commits murder, under the rationale that he has done no wrong. Read more →