In Criticism on May 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm
- The Sunday Times
- Published: 21 April 2013
John le Carré’s best work is populated by memorable villains. His greatest achievement, the three Cold War espionage novels that begin with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974) and conclude with The Honourable Schoolboy (1977) and Smiley’s People (1979), possess such a potent antagonist that…
In Criticism on March 17, 2013 at 8:13 pm
Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw
The Sunday TimesPublished: 10 March 2013Fiction
Tash Aw would seem to be just the novelist to dramatise the experience of the growing legion of immigrants in contemporary Shanghai, that chaotic, constantly evolving metropolis that is rapidly becoming one of the world’s most cosmopolitan and seductive cities. Born in Taiwan, raised in…
In Features, Human Capital on February 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Human Capital finds a market in Italy.
Stephen Amidon’s novel “Human Capital” is being made into an Italian film called “Il Capitale Umano.”
Filming began yesterday in Italy on a movie version of Stephen Amidon’s “Human Capital.” Paolo Virzi (“The First Beautiful Thing”) is directing Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Golino and Giovanni Anzaldo in the leading roles.
Jonathan Yardley chose the novel as one of his five favorites for 2004 (I loved it too, writing then for the Christian Science Monitor). But there’s something surprising about seeing this quintessentially American tragedy of suburban aspiration moved to Old World Europe…[READ THE FULL ARTICLE]