William Heyward

William Heyward visits 'The Garden of Eros'

William Heyward
Friday, 28 February 2014

Great publishers seem to be scarcer than great writers, possibly because people grow up dreaming of being the next Hunter S. Thompson or Simone de Beauvoir rather than Sonny Mehta or Beatriz de Moura. Writers probably need publishers, but publishers definitely need writers. Such a fact has never seemed more tangible to me than as I read The Garden of Eros, Jo ...

William Heyward reviews 'The Drinker'

William Heyward
Monday, 27 May 2013

The Drinker, by Hans Fallada – first published in Germany in 1950, translated by Charlotte and A.L. Lloyd into English in 1952, unearthed for an Anglophone audience in 2009 by Melville House, and now published by Scribe – is the story of Erwin Sommer, who drinks himself, almost unaccountably, to death. It counts for everything, of course, to know that the ...

 The Rest is Weight, by Jennifer Mills, is a restless collection of short stories. Its settings include Russia, remote parts of Australia, Mexico, and China. The stories are densely packed; there are no ‘snapshots’ or ‘sketches’, only well-made narratives populated by plausible, complicated characters. Nor is there any decorative writing; no show ...

Patrick Holland: Riding the Trains in Japan

William Heyward
Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The outsider

William Heyward

 

Riding the Trains in Japan: Travels in the Sacred and Supermodern East
by Patrick Holland
Transit Lounge, $29.95 pb, 231 pp, 9781921924125

 

Patrick Holland makes his plans clear in the first sentence of Riding the Tr ...