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Michael Arditti

Michael Arditti is a reviewer and novelist. His two most recent novels are The Enemy of the Good and Jubilate.
Writing to Change the World

Here were three writers not afraid to tackle serious issues: racism and homophobia, the right to die, the meaning of art, the absurdity of cycles of vengeance, faith and religion – and much more. Their novels are gripping, generous and thought provoking. They discussed the role of literature and its impact on our lives.

The Origins
Both Agnès Desarthe and Fabrice Humbert have written novels about men embarking on a difficult investigation into their own past and the secrets that were kept from them, both taken back to the horrors of WW2. In Fabrice Humbert’s novel, The Origin of Violence, the trigger is a photograph seen during a visit to Buchenwald concentration camp. In Agnès Desarthe’s The Foundling, it is a fatal accident. The two novelists spoke to Michael Arditti about their fascination...