Review no 45: Dora Maar (1907-97), artist (France)

@ Tate Modern, London, until 15 March 2020 EUROPE Dora Maar (born Henrietta Markovitch) is perhaps best known as “Picasso’s girlfriend”. However, what has been too often overlooked is that she also created a large and impressive body of work on her own terms. From a bourgeois background, Maar attended progressive Parisian art schools and, […]

Review no 28: Non-fiction (Doubles Vies), film by Olivier Assayas (France)

FRANCE : EUROPE This is no doubt a bit of a niche French film, focusing as it does on publishing insiders wrangling with the reinvention of the industry for the 21st century; it was originally intended to be released with the dire title E-book. I, inexplicably to most, find this kind of subject area quite […]

Review no 8: Leila Slimani, Chanson douce (Lullaby)

MOROCCO / FRANCE : NORTH AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST AND CENTRAL ASIA My daughter told me I had to be honest about how long this book took me to read. I bought it in French in Paris a year ago, and did little more than dip into it until this summer. I studied French at university, […]