Planet 234 The Welsh Internationalist

Jon Gower revisits
The Old Devils
by Kingsley Amis and The Elected Member by Bernice Rubens

by Kingsley Amis

There’s a vulgar measure of the vitality of a culture that counts the number of opera houses and orchestras in a country. You might to do the same with asking how many times its fiction has won the Booker, which stands on the expansive landscape of literary prizes like a cathedral among booths. Wales has garnered two Bookers, with two very different tales, a boozy careering through middle-class mores and a darkly pleasing Jewish novel with more than a hint of Kafka about it.

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