Category Archive: politics

CORRUPTION INCARNATE: Yuri Herrera’s ‘The Transmigration of Bodies’, trans. by Lisa Dillman

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Yuri Herrera, The Transmigration of Bodies, translated by Lisa Dillman (And Other Stories, 2016) By Ailsa Peate Walking through the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool a few weeks ago, I came across a poster featuring a… Continue reading

KIRUNA’S CHOICE: Dominic Hinde’s ‘A Utopia Like Any Other: Inside the Swedish Model’

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By Rory Scothorne Utopias are hard to avoid. Look at the popular culture of rich western societies, for instance. TV series like Master of None show implausibly wealthy millennials spending implausible quantities of… Continue reading

POROUS AND RESILIENT: ‘Tales from a Cancelled Country’, ed. by Alan McMunnigall, Brian Hamill & Stuart Blackwood

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Tales from a Cancelled Country: An Anthology of Fiction, ed. Alan McMunnigall, Brian Hamill & Stuart Blackwood (thi wurd books, 2015) By Gerard Lee McKeever Back in early April, Darren “Loki” McGarvey wrote a… Continue reading

LYRIC MEDIUMS: PJ HARVEY’S ‘THE HOPE SIX DEMOLITION PROJECT’

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PJ Harvey, The Hope Six Demolition Project (Island Records, 2016) PJ Harvey & Seamus Murphy, The Hollow of the Hand (Bloomsbury, 2015) PJ Harvey, Let England Shake (Island Records, 2011) PJ Harvey, Let… Continue reading

THINGS INVISIBLE TO SEE: Russia’s vanishing act on Ukraine and the country’s literary renaissance

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By Steve Komarnyckyj  Ukraine looms over the map of East Europe like a dragon, its head nuzzling Poland and its truncated tail fading out at the edge of the Black Sea. Yet this country,… Continue reading

VERGING ON THE ABSURD: Ivan Vladislavić’s ‘The Folly’

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Ivan Vladislavić, The Folly (And Other Stories, 2015) By Lynnda Wardle There are only two plots in all of literature: you go on a journey, or the stranger comes to town. (attributed to… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: Laura Waddell

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This year I’ve found myself reading more translation, more books by women, and more from independent publishers. The most significant reading experience I’ve had in 2015 has been Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan series translated… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: Rebecca DeWald

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Timothy Egan, The Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest (Vintage, 1990) In 2015, I was lucky enough to be able to embark on a road trip, beginning in Vancouver… Continue reading

BERLINER UNWILLE: Nicolas Hausdorf and Alexander Goller’s ‘Super Structural Berlin’

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This piece is part of our Life in the 21st Century City thread, an occasional series of reviews, essays and travelogues. It seeks to explore the felt reality of world cities today and the experience of… Continue reading

A POLITICAL TOUR OF ISTANBUL: ‘The Book of Istanbul’, edited by Jim Hinks and Gül Turner

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This piece is part of our Life in the 21st Century City thread, an occasional series of reviews, essays and travelogues. It seeks to explore the felt reality of world cities today and the experience of… Continue reading