Category Archive: essay

SOME THOUGHTS ON ‘PROTEST’

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This essay is part of our Threat Levels series. In 2006, the UK passed from a seemingly more casual and non-specific BIKINI state to a more serious state of threat, varying from substantial to critical. The reference to… Continue reading

LIVES SUSPENDED: An Essay on ‘Refugee Tales’ and ‘Refugee Tales II’, edited by David Herd and Anna Pincus

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This essay is part of our Threat Levels series. In 2006, the UK passed from a seemingly more casual and non-specific BIKINI state to a more serious state of threat, varying from substantial to critical. The… Continue reading

EIBF 2017: TRAVELOGUE WITH A TRAVELOGUE OF TRAVELOGUES* – Outriders

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This is one of a number of pieces covering events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 12th–28th August 2017 at Charlotte Square Gardens and George Street, Edinburgh. The events ‘Outriders: Mariana Enriquez & Kevin… Continue reading

THE ZENNOR ROAD

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Inspired by Jon Day’s concept of “cyclogeography”, this mini-series, published to coincide with the 2017 Tour de France, features writing that uses the bike to explore literature, landscape, history, and myth. By Henry… Continue reading

AN OBSCURE AND UNUSUAL WINDOW ONTO A CITY: Jason Donald’s ‘Dalila’

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Jason Donald, Dalila (Jonathan Cape, 2017) An interview with Jason Donald By Lynnda Wardle Jason Donald’s second novel, Dalila, tells the story of a young Kenyan asylum seeker who flees her rapist uncle… Continue reading

A REFUGE FOR COMPLEXITY: Alessandro Baricco’s ‘The Young Bride’ (La sposa giovane), translated into English by Ann Goldstein

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Alessandro Baricco, The Young Bride, translated by Ann Goldstein (Europa Editions, 2016) By Liliya Aleksandrova Transparency would require full disclosure of the fact that Alessandro Baricco’s name is certain to appear towards the… Continue reading

THE TWO ANACHRONISMS: An Ecocritical Response to a Review – by Steve Mentz

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ECOCRITICISM NOW: The essays, reviews, and poetry collected in this thread trace responses to the interlinked terms nature, ecology, and ecocriticism, all of which have come to occupy increasingly important roles in a… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Mark West

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David Means Hystopia (Faber and Faber) I keep telling people this was my favourite novel of the year. 2016 was, among other things, a year of Sixties novels. I’m constantly on the lookout for these… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Tom White

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I’m a little behind on my main pick for read of year: as many GRB readers will be well aware, Maggie Nelson’s remarkable memoir and work of “auto theory” The Argonauts (Graywolf Press)… Continue reading

RIPOSTES AND ADDENDUMS: TEJU COLE’S ‘KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS’

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Teju Cole, Known and Strange Things (Faber and Faber, 2016) by Rachel Sykes For the author of a critically lauded debut novel, Teju Cole is winningly reluctant to publish fiction. Open City (2011)… Continue reading