The author has written fine biographies of Munch and Strindberg. This account of the troubled philosopher’s life and work also has intriguing portraits of the people most important to him, including the Wagners, Lou Salomé and his monstrous sister, Elizabeth.
A West German journalist travels to former East Prussia to work out the route for a car rally. Part of his motivation is a personal connection. From the author of ‘All or Nothing’, this is another superbly nuanced novel about Germany coming to terms with its past.
A recreation of the 400km walk taken by the youthful composer across northern Germany from Arnstadt to Lübeck in the winter of 1705, to hear Buxtehude play the organ. Clare is good at imagining: his last (and very wonderful) book was ‘Orison for a Curlew’, in which he sought the snark that is – or was – the Slender-Billed Curlew.