Bernard Cohen

Bernard Cohen

Bernard Cohen is an award-winning novelist, based in Sydney, Australia. He is also Director of The Writing Workshop, and has taught creative writing to 100,000 young people. His latest book is the short story collection When I Saw the Animal (UQP).

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Artificial intelligence: why Kai-Fu Lee, venture capitalist, and Chen Qiufan, sci-fi writer, share a positive vision of the technology’s future in their collaboration, AI 2041

Science fiction author Chen Qiufan and Kai-Fu Lee, former head of Google China, outline a positive vision for the future of artificial intelligence in their collaboration AI 2041. They tell the Post why.

Science fiction author Chen Qiufan and Kai-Fu Lee, former head of Google China, outline a positive vision for the future of artificial intelligence in their collaboration AI 2041. They tell the Post why.

10 Nov 2021 - 10:14AM
Review | Damon Galgut’s Booker Prize-winning The Promise, about the downfall of a white South African family, is a novel of mesmerising skill

The novel’s story of the downfall of a white South African family over 30 years is told with mesmerising skill through the use of multiple, shifting narratives. Galgut will appear at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

The novel’s story of the downfall of a white South African family over 30 years is told with mesmerising skill through the use of multiple, shifting narratives. Galgut will appear at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

4 Nov 2021 - 11:15PM
Review | The Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins’ new novel, A Slow Fire Burning, is a whodunit on an Agatha Christie scale

Every character in Paula Hawkins’ London-set third novel is damaged in some way. When two deaths occur and police investigate, two other, past deaths offer clues as to why.

Every character in Paula Hawkins’ London-set third novel is damaged in some way. When two deaths occur and police investigate, two other, past deaths offer clues as to why.

13 Nov 2021 - 2:29PM
Review | Tale of two Chinas – Taiwan and mainland, cosmopolitan and provincial – by Lo Yi-Chin, Faraway is a novelistic memoir about a father’s illness and a son’s dilemma

Lo Yi-Chin’s novelistic memoir about a father’s illness and a son’s dilemma is also a tale of two Chinas – the mainland and Taiwan, the provincial and the cosmopolitan.

Lo Yi-Chin’s novelistic memoir about a father’s illness and a son’s dilemma is also a tale of two Chinas – the mainland and Taiwan, the provincial and the cosmopolitan.

13 Sep 2021 - 1:14PM
Legend of Japanese science fiction Izumi Suzuki’s dystopian short stories, in first English translation, play on gender relations and overpopulation

Terminal Boredom is the first of a planned series of English translations of the late Izumi Suzuki’s science fiction, and if these thought-provoking, dystopian tales are anything to go by, the Japanese writer’s work should have wide appeal.

Terminal Boredom is the first of a planned series of English translations of the late Izumi Suzuki’s science fiction, and if these thought-provoking, dystopian tales are anything to go by, the Japanese writer’s work should have wide appeal.

24 May 2021 - 1:34PM
Tolstoy, Chekhov, Turgenev, Gogol: how author George Saunders’ relationship with the written word changed after a deep dive into Russian literary giants’ short stories

His deep dive into the short stories of Russian literary giants Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Ivan Turgenev and Nikolai Gogol changed George Saunders’ relationship with the written word.

His deep dive into the short stories of Russian literary giants Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Ivan Turgenev and Nikolai Gogol changed George Saunders’ relationship with the written word.

8 May 2021 - 12:09PM
Review | First Person Singular: Haruki Murakami’s new collection of short stories is a real pleasure

In his latest collection of short stories, featuring all male narrators, the Japanese author returns to some familiar themes.

In his latest collection of short stories, featuring all male narrators, the Japanese author returns to some familiar themes.

18 Apr 2021 - 8:15PM
Review | In Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro examines what it is to be human – and humane

The android narrator of the Nobel laureate’s new sci-fi novel proves the most humane character in an inhumane society, despite offering a distinctly robotic viewpoint.

The android narrator of the Nobel laureate’s new sci-fi novel proves the most humane character in an inhumane society, despite offering a distinctly robotic viewpoint.

27 Mar 2021 - 3:15PM
Review | Ae-ran Kim’s My Brilliant Life is a heart-rending story of a coming-of-age curtailed

The ‘story of the youngest parents with the oldest child’ mixes humour and hope, fate and fatalism, starting with the as-yet unborn narrator causing a scandal before life propels him towards inevitable tragedy.

The ‘story of the youngest parents with the oldest child’ mixes humour and hope, fate and fatalism, starting with the as-yet unborn narrator causing a scandal before life propels him towards inevitable tragedy.

21 Feb 2021 - 1:36PM
My Year Abroad: Chang-rae Lee explores what it means to feel like an outsider in an adopted country

Chang-rae Lee packs his latest novel with an abundance of food and factoids – and sometimes a little too much information – while cementing his place as master of the ‘outsider’ genre.

Chang-rae Lee packs his latest novel with an abundance of food and factoids – and sometimes a little too much information – while cementing his place as master of the ‘outsider’ genre.

6 Feb 2021 - 8:45PM
Gender Swapped Fairy Tales: unsurprisingly, princesses are just as good as princes at finding their way through forests

In Gender Swapped Fairy Tales, Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett, hope to raise awareness of the complex and subconscious associations of gender.

In Gender Swapped Fairy Tales, Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett, hope to raise awareness of the complex and subconscious associations of gender.

11 Jan 2021 - 10:06AM
Review | A Portrait of the Self as Nation: poet Marilyn Chin’s greatest hits for ‘wild-girl’ Chinese Americans

Drawn from a prodigious career of poetry and advocacy, A Portrait of the Self as Nation is a masterclass in formal play, allusion and wit.

Drawn from a prodigious career of poetry and advocacy, A Portrait of the Self as Nation is a masterclass in formal play, allusion and wit.

17 Nov 2020 - 10:52AM
Review | The Wandering by Intan Paramaditha puts the reader in charge

Intan Paramaditha’s choose-your-own-adventure narrative offers enchanting journeys through myth and folk tale, even if the fantastic options available are limited by the form.

Intan Paramaditha’s choose-your-own-adventure narrative offers enchanting journeys through myth and folk tale, even if the fantastic options available are limited by the form.

7 Nov 2020 - 1:48PM
Review | Hong Kong Writers Circle’s anthology Masking the City uses allegory to explore life in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Writers Circle presents a collection of sixteen short stories that explore, reflect and refract the reality of living in Hong Kong though allegory.

Hong Kong Writers Circle presents a collection of sixteen short stories that explore, reflect and refract the reality of living in Hong Kong though allegory.

3 Nov 2020 - 4:24PM