John Harvey, 6 August 1981
Show More A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.
Allen Lane, 338 pp., £7.95, May 1981, 9780713914221Show More
The Meeting at Telgte by Günter Grass, translated by Ralph Manheim.
Secker, 147 pp., £5.95, June 1981, 0 436 18778 7Show More
Six Problems for Don Isidro Parodi by Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy-Casares, translated by Norman Thomasdi Giovanni.
Allen Lane, 160 pp., £5.95, May 1981, 0 7139 1421 1Show More
Penny Links by Ursula Holden.
Eyre Methuen, 156 pp., £5.50, May 1981, 0 413 47210 8Show More
“... The freckled drawing on the cover of Günter Grass’s latest novel shows a hand just emerging from a rubble of old stones and holding a quill. The quill is lightly and sensitively poised, the hand could be meaning to draw or to write as Grass himself both writes and draws. It is, that is to say, the hand of a writer who in his writing is an artist, and the drawing asks in effect: in a harsh or devastated world, what should such a hand write, and what chances does it have? It is a drawing which, with different implications, could serve equally for all the books here reviewed ...”