Review no 63: Too Long a Solitude, book by Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal (1914-97)

Translated from the Czech by Michael Henry Heim EUROPE I’d heard lot of praise for communist-, samizdat-era writer Bohumil Hrabal, so he felt like the obvious initial choice for a Czech writer. The protagonist of Too Loud of Solitude works feeding books – and occasional families of mice – into a paper compacting machine, in …

Review no 40: Jojo Rabbit, film by Taika Waititi (New Zealand)

FAR EAST, SOUTH ASIA AND AUSTRALASIA **** Early reviews of this 2019 film suggested it was a “Marmite” movie: you were either going to love it or hate it, no half measures. I’d watched Waititi’s earlier features, including the hugely entertaining What we do in the Shadows (2014, a mock reality TV documentary about vampires) …