Off to the opera

I’ve just bought what appeared to be the last available ticket for Thursday night’s performance of The Gambler at the Royal Opera House. It’s an opera by Prokofiev based on the novel by Dostoevsky. I’m very excited. Here’s the synopsis: Everything can turn on the spin of the wheel… Prokofiev’s opera is packed with action …

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I came up with an idea for an article earlier this week. I shared the idea with Alex, my press officer at Faber, and she seemed to think there might be something in it, though it was a little too Dostoevsky-focused, perhaps. I was going to write something about the theme of child rape as …

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I’ve just finished re-reading Dostoevsky’s great novel Demons (also known as The Devils or The Possessed). I was looking at it again as preparation for my own next novel, which will be set amongst the Russian revolutionaries and nihilists of the 1870s. One of the things that struck me most about Dostoevsky’s book is just …

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