The Oxonian Review
All the Home I Need
December 11th, 2017, 04:54 AM
Alex Assaly Kayo Chingonyi Kumukanda Chatto & Windus 2017 64 pp. £10               In a “Books of the Year” article published in the New Statesman last month, the poet John Burnside claimed that 2017 was a “thin year” for poetry. While an increase in book sales and sold out […]
A novel providing peace
November 29th, 2017, 04:54 AM
Emily Holman   Amos Oz Judas Chatto & Windus 2014 288 pp £8.99         It’s the day of the changing of the season and the clocks in Israel and Palestine, a day after Jewish prayer begins to include a plea for rain, and, obediently, the first rains have already fallen. In a […]
An Interview with Joshua Cohen
November 28th, 2017, 04:54 AM
Matthew Johnston Joshua Cohen was born in New Jersey in 1980. He has written short fiction including “Four New Messages” (2012), nonfiction for Harper’s, London Review of Books, n+1, and the New York Times, as well as a book-length essay: ATTENTION!: A (short) History (2013). His best-known novels are Witz (2010), Book of Numbers (2015), […]
That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore
November 27th, 2017, 04:54 AM
Jonathan Egid David Grossman, transl. Jessica Cohen A Horse Walks into a Bar Vintage 2017 208pp £8.99 (pbk)               David Grossman’s books are not renowned for their humour. An unnerving sense of the absurd, a quiet melancholy, and an unusual depth of human feeling are all hallmarks of his […]
Red October
November 24th, 2017, 04:54 AM
Alex Thomas Sergei Eisenstein (dir.) October (1928) Accompanied by London Symphony Orchestra @ the Barbican, 26th October, 2017 (c) Kino Klassika   One hundred years ago, the Russian capital St Petersburg, or Petrograd as it was then known, was witnessing scenes that would turn into the greatest geopolitical upheaval of the 20th Century, and that […]
Form follows Dysfunction
November 20th, 2017, 04:54 AM
Nicolas Liney Brian Dillon Essayism Fitzcarraldo Editions 2017 138 pp.               The literary essay has always seemed to provoke bemusement and self-doubt in its authors. “What a strange, demented feeling it gives me when I realise I have spent whole days before this inkstone, with nothing better to do, […]
Ripples in Space and Time
November 17th, 2017, 04:54 AM
Neil Dewar Harry Collins Gravity’s Kiss: The detection of gravitational waves MIT Press 2017 416pp £24.95 hbk               The first news wasn’t really news, exactly, but rather the announcement that soon there would be news: the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LIGO being the Laser Interferometry Gravitational-Wave Observatory) had called a […]
Who will review the reviewer?
November 16th, 2017, 04:54 AM
Toby Lloyd Martin Amis The Rub of Time Jonathan Cape 2017 368 pp £20             There is something nerve-wracking about reviewing Martin Amis. You worry that he is going to make you feel stupid. You worry he is going to make you look stupid. Never mind his towering stature as […]
Religious Anti-Monumentality
November 15th, 2017, 04:54 AM
Mirela Ivanova Those who Follow: Religious Diversity in Oxford Arturo Soto Exhibition, 16 Nov – 20 March 2018 Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies Free Admission                           Asked to recall or imagine a sacred space, most of us would probably resort to the […]
A Love Story Nevertheless
November 14th, 2017, 04:54 AM
Meindert Peters Tamara Rojo and James Streeter in Akram’s Giselle (c) Laurent Liotardo When Giselle first opened at the Opéra le Peletier in Paris in 1841 it was heralded as a true spectacle. Anticipation surrounding this latest romantic ballet had been steadily mounting, with frequent press releases tracking postponements due to injuries, illnesses and accidents. […]