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Your own ships did this!

Josephine Quinn: The Hittites, 18 February 2016

1177 BC: The Year Civilisation Collapsed 
by Eric Cline.
Princeton, 237 pp., £11.95, September 2015, 978 0 691 16838 8
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... came from the West, possibly the Aegean, to attack and then settle in the Eastern Mediterranean. Eric Cline’s engaging book shows that this can’t be right. For one thing, there is very little evidence for a coherent group of Sea Peoples, a modern name for two different coalitions that contemporary inscriptions claimed came from both sea and land to ...

Coughing Out Slogans

Andrew O’Hagan: DeLillo tunes out, 3 December 2020

The Silence 
by Don DeLillo.
117 pp., £14.99, October, 978 1 5290 5709 6
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... in a way that was mental more than physical’. DeLillo likes lifts. In Cosmopolis, 28-year-old Eric, a super-rich fund manager, can travel from the summit of his $104 million triplex in a choice of private elevators; one moves at quarter speed and plays Satie on the way down. In Underworld, machines are ‘a culmination’, never just machines. ‘And this ...

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