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Imagining horror

Why does a novel about Hitler fail, while one about Rwanda triumphs? It's truth to fiction, rather than history, that counts
Jason Cowley  

The monk of metaphor

James Wood, Britain's most brilliant literary critic, has published a novel. Can the merciless arbiter live up to his own critical standards?
Jason Cowley  

Daniel Libeskind

A Jewish Museum in Berlin, a war museum in Manchester, even a Rwanda massacre memorial - is Libeskind being typecast? If so, it may help him to the biggest prize in contemporary architecture
Jason Cowley  

Footballers’ lives

Football has become rich and cosmopolitan and at the heart of our entertainment culture. But what about the footballers themselves?
Jason Cowley  

Victor Pelevin

Russian literary culture is in disarray but it can still have a good row about its most fashionable writer
Jason Cowley  

JG Ballard

The author of "Crash" and "Empire of the Sun" talks to Prospect about sex, technology and the 1960s. Do his dark obsessions amount to a serious quest to understand modernity?
Jason Cowley  

VS Naipaul

To his critics he is an arrogant apologist for colonialism and a cheerleader for Hindu nationalism. To his admirers he is the finest writer in the English language and creator of a new literary form. Jason Cowley talks to the…
Jason Cowley  

Fictional failure

British fiction is thriving, according to publishers. But having read countless novels as a Booker judge, Jason Cowley is disenchanted by the shallowness of Britain's literary vision. Is it a passing bad patch or a sign of long-term cultural decline?
Jason Cowley  

Martin Amis

He is a writer of reckless ambition and one of the few serious novelists that most people have heard of. Yet he wins no prizes and literary London is split over him. Jason Cowley visits Amis and finds him wondering…
Jason Cowley