fiction

Standing fast: a novel - Harvey Swados

Harvey Swados' fictional story of a group of socialists and their lives from the dawn of USA's involvement in World War II to the Kennedy assasination. More or less based on the Worker's Party of Max Shachtman, C.L.R. James, Raya Dunayevskaya and Stan Weir.

Review: The deconstruction of professor Thrub - DD Johnston

The deconstruction of professor Thrub

Steven Johns reviews the ambitious second novel of DD Johnston which follows a young woman on a riproaring ride through 20th-century history from the Belfast outdoor relief agitation to Spain during the civil war and Budapest in 1956.

The Castle - Franz Kafka

Kafka's last novel, The Castle is set in a remote village covered almost permanently in snow and dominated by a castle and its staff of dictatorial, sexually predatory bureaucrats. The novel breaks new ground in exploring the relation between the individual and power, asking why the villagers so readily submit to an authority which may exist only in their collective imagination.

Nausea - Jean-Paul Sartre

Nausea is the story of Antoine Roquentin, a French writer who is horrified at his own existence.

How late it was, how late - James Kelman

"Literary vandalism" and "frankly, crap" was the high praise for Kelman's only Booker Prize winning novel, about Sammy, a middle aged man coming to terms with his blindness.

The dome sketch - omen

A three part comedy sketch very loosely inspired by the TV show Under the Dome.

A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

Cover of a Fine Balance

Story set in Mumbai between 1975 and 1984 during a period of increased government power and crackdowns on civil liberties called 'The Emergency', looking at the changes in Indian society since independence.

Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler

Darkness at Noon dramatises the Moscow show trials and the elimination of the Bolshevik old guard by "No.1" In the Fatherland of Revolution. Told primarily from the point of view of N.S. Rubashov a fictitious merging of real Bolsheviks known to Koestler