Robert Mccrum

For Robert Mccrum's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Murky backstory of 'Gatsby'

Jul 20, 2013

Murky backstory of 'Gatsby'

What is it about "The Great Gatsby"? The dark star of F. Scott Fitzgerald's unquiet masterpiece draws writers, critics and filmmakers into its force field, drives them a little mad, and hurls them back into the darkness. The book and its author add up ...

Graca Machel: the impressive face of a new Africa

Jul 5, 2013

Graca Machel: the impressive face of a new Africa

Shakespeare, in one of Nelson Mandela’s favorite lines, now strangely apposite, says that “the valiant never taste of death but once.” As the world waits for Mandela to make his final rendezvous with history, one woman — his third wife — who has been ...