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Don Quixote is the best book out there on political theory, followed by Hamlet and Macbeth. There is no better way to understand the tragedy and the comedy of the Mexican political system than Hamlet, Macbeth and Don Quixote. They're much better than any column of political analysis.

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Violence from the police against the poor:  The crime novel after Covid and after Black Lives Matter
Friday, 09 July 2021 09:46

Violence from the police against the poor: The crime novel after Covid and after Black Lives Matter

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Dennis Broe reviews books from Quais de Polar, the recent French crime fiction festival As the world begins to wake up and we enter the period of post-confinement, in France the first major festival returns. Just before the opening of the Cannes Film Festival was the Quais du Polar, the…
Apeirogon
Friday, 18 June 2021 10:11

Apeirogon

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Jenny Farrell reviews Apeirogon by Colum McCann Unlike a pentagon, an apeirogon has an infinite number of sides, or aspects. The title of Colum McCann’s 2020 novel gives the reader an indication of the innumerable facets that form this novel. And yet at its core is the single, undisputed fact…
The 1948 Palestinian exodus
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 17 June 2021 09:29

Palestinian Tales

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Edward Mackinnon reviews Alan Dent's new book I started reading Alan Dent’s Palestinian Tales a short time before the recent protests against the forced expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, the demolition of Palestinian homes and the displacement of Palestinians by Zionist “settlers”. Western news media…
Set Their Spirits Free! Callout for a new anthology of children's literature
Friday, 19 February 2021 21:13

Set Their Spirits Free! Callout for a new anthology of children's literature

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Writing for the young has the potential to set their spirits free. It can encourage children to approach ideas and issues from new perspectives, and so prepare the way for social and political improvements. Imaginative, vividly told stories and graphic illustrations leave long-lasting memories and can inspire and liberate the…
Magical bodies, memory and writing: a review of The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehsi Coates
Thursday, 04 February 2021 10:08

Magical bodies, memory and writing: a review of The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehsi Coates

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 Razia Parveen reviews Ta-Nehsi Coates' debut work of fiction The Water Dancer is stunningly lyrical as well as heartbreakingly sorrowful. We are given the narrative of a young man living in the American South during the slavery era and seeking freedom with other former slaves including the legendary Harriet Tubman.…
Review of V2
Friday, 29 January 2021 09:38

Review of V2

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Ben Soton reviews V2, by Robert Harris Historical fiction is a good way of learning historical facts; more people died making the V2 missile than were killed by it. Its victims included 200,000 slave labourers as well as 2,700 civilian casualties, mostly in greater London. With this in mind, its…
The Fall of Paris, by Ilya Ehrenburg
Tuesday, 19 January 2021 12:00

The Fall of Paris, by Ilya Ehrenburg

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John Green introduces The Fall of Paris by Ilya Ehrenburg (1943), and presents a brief biography of the author. Image above: Ilya Ehrenburg with Red Army soldiers, 1942 I have just re-read The Fall of Paris by Soviet writer Ilya Ehrenburg. And what a re-discovery it has been! Few people…
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