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THE LAST CHANT – A SHORT STORY BY CHIN LI

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He’d been walking for a long time, from one end of the world to the other end. Starting as an old worn-out self, ending up as a mere handful of sand. But still,… Continue reading

THE NOSTALGIA OF ‘MY BRILLIANT FRIEND’: FEVER, FICTION, and MEMOIR

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By Grazia Ietto Gillies The adaptation ‘Oh! Le aste, le aste’. My reaction is immediate.[1] The show brought it all back. On screen is a page of the school workbook of six-year old… Continue reading

I WAS HERE: ‘SOUVENIR’ BY ROLF POTTS

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Rolf Potts Souvenir  by Laura Waddell Recently I was in Paris for the first time in over a decade, and through a sense of obligation, spent the last of my energy walking by the… Continue reading

THE DEFIANT SPIRIT OF A GENERATION: Hamid Ismailov’s ‘The Devil’s Dance’, trans. Donald Rayfield

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Hamid Ismailov, The Devil’s Dance, translated by Donald Rayfield (Tilted Axis Press, 2018) By Robin Munby “The English have a game they call kir-ket”, says Muborak, a well-travelled Bukharan Jew, about a third… Continue reading

NOT A WHITE HEAT: J.M. Coetzee’s ‘Late Essays: 2006–2017’

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J.M. Coetzee, Late Essays: 2006–2017 (Harvill Secker, 2017) Reviewed by Daniel Davis Wood Has J.M. Coetzee become an anxious man? Never mind the cool, terse prose style that colours all his work, or… Continue reading

THE DOORS – EXCERPT FROM A BOOK BY COLIN CAMPBELL ROBINSON

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This is the end, my friend.                               Jim Morrison Only when he writes ‘I’ does he become ‘I’ so he’s… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Andrew Lees

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It sounds a bit pretentious these days but I still do believe that medicine is a calling rather than a profession or a job. In order to be a good neurologist you need… 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

SINISTER STREET: Carolina Sanín’s ‘The Children’, translated by Nick Caistor

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Carolina Sanín, The Children, trans. Nick Caistor (MacLehose Press, 2017) By Jessica Sequeira Door 1 swings open to reveal an enchanted garden today, a drawing room tomorrow. Door 2 is a painting on the… Continue reading

DETROIT: THE COMPOSITE CITY

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By Andrew Lees These days a Sunday afternoon in “The D” does not differ too much from a run-of-the-mill Monday morning. A few beaten up jalopies and corroded trucks glide Downriver on the… Continue reading

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