John Sutherland, 6 May 1982
Show More Headbirths, or The Germans are dying out by Günter Grass, translated by Ralph Manheim.
Secker, 136 pp., £6.95, March 1982, 0 436 18777 9Show More
The Skating Party by Marina Warner.
Weidenfeld, 180 pp., £6.95, April 1982, 0 297 78113 8Show More
Sour Sweet by Timothy Mo.
Deutsch, 252 pp., £7.95, April 1982, 0 233 97365 6Show More
At Freddie’s by Penelope Fitzgerald.
Collins, 182 pp., £6.50, March 1982, 0 00 222064 4Show More
“... A new novel by Günter Grass invites comparisons of a national kind. If a British writer of fiction wished to engage with the big stories of the day – the kind of thing Brian Walden does at Sunday noon – how would he go about it? Could Murdoch, Burgess, Spark, Lessing, Drabble take on such issues as the politics of fertility; the rights and wrongs of membership of Nato; the nuclear energy programme; whether in the absence of Brandt, and given the too urgent candidature of Strauss, Schmidt ought to be voted for; the division of Germany? Decorum, or the sense of a diminished literary tradition, would probably inhibit the representative British novelist ...”