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
“... father has,’ and is to be read for the extraordinary imagining of patient cruelty with which it justifies that claim. Of all these books, the one for which the Grass drawing is most bleakly true is UrsulaHolden’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 ...”