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Neal Ascherson: Imre Kertész, 3 August 2006

by Imre Kertész, translated by Tim Wilkinson.
Vintage, 262 pp., £6.99, April 2006, 0 09 950252 6
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by Imre Kertész, translated by Tim Wilkinson.
Harvill Secker, 144 pp., £12.99, September 2006, 1 84343 235 8
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... child.’ The latest Kertész novel is Liquidation (and it should be said that the translations by Tim Wilkinson of Kertész’s elaborate, often tentative and evasive prose are worth a prize in themselves). Here, once more, is a writer who survived Auschwitz (this time as a baby, rather than a boy), a melancholy recluse whose self-torture comes to ...

Swiftly Encircling Gloom

Tim Radford, 8 May 1997

Promising The Earth 
by Robert Lamb.
Routledge, 204 pp., £35, September 1996, 0 415 14443 4
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... Duke of Edinburgh is no revolutionary. FoE activists wanted to rebuild society peacefully. Pete Wilkinson, among others, impressed by the global famine that many saw coming, persuaded the GLC to hand over some of its 17,000 acres of unused land to provide allotments for the 25,000 Londoners on the waiting-list. ‘We suggested everyone should use every ...

Elective Outsiders

Jeremy Harding, 3 July 1997

Conductors of Chaos: A Poetry Anthology 
edited by Iain Sinclair.
Picador, 488 pp., £9.99, June 1996, 0 330 33135 3
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Nearly Too Much: The Poetry of J.H. Prynne 
by N.H. Reeve and Richard Kerridge.
Liverpool, 196 pp., £25, April 1996, 0 85323 840 5
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Carl Rakosi: Poems 1923-41 
edited by Andrew Crozier.
Sun & Moon, 209 pp., $12.99, August 1995, 1 55713 185 6
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The Objectivists 
edited by Andrew McAllister.
Bloodaxe, 156 pp., £8.95, May 1996, 1 85224 341 4
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... more enclosed than they take themselves to be. Several of the writers here – Drew Milne, John Wilkinson and Caroline Bergvall, for example – opt understandably for a poetic strategy that allows no rest at all but the results are oddly stable. A delirious quest for the inconceivable seems to inform the work of John ...

He, She, One, They, Ho, Hus, Hum, Ita

Amia Srinivasan: How Should I Refer to You?, 2 July 2020

What’s Your Pronoun? Beyond He and She 
by Dennis Baron.
Liveright, 304 pp., £16.99, February, 978 1 63149 604 2
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... ho, hus, hum (1886); his-her, him-her (1886); id, ids (1887); ir, iro, im (1888); te, tes, tim (1888); ze, zis, zim (1888); de, der, dem (1888); ons (1889); ith, iths (1890); hor, hors, horself (1890); zie (1890); ha, har (1891); shee (1894); hesher, hiser, himer (1894); sit, sis, sim (1895); hoo (1895); ta, tas, tan (1896); mun (1901); hier ...

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