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 Thomas di 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
“... that claim. Of all these books, the one for which the Grass drawing is most bleakly true is Ursula Holden’s Penny Links: from the stony barrenness a hand rises to describe a life, a country, that mainly is stony and barren. In the top of an old thin house, a clergyman dies slowly, vaguely still hoping to publish a life’s work of sermons ...”