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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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Witness to the Revolution
Saturday, 23 September 2017 08:17

Witness to the Revolution

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John Ellison sketches out the life of Maxim Gorky, the righteous, relentless witness of the revolution who evoked the wretchedness and terror of living under Tsarist violence. The life of Maxim Gorky, author of three unforgettable volumes of autobiography covering his first two decades (‘Childhood’, ‘My Apprenticeship’, and ‘My Universities’),…
The Ghost of Galway Past
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 14:21

The Ghost of Galway Past

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Kevin Higgins reviews a re-issued fictional classic banned in 1929 by the Irish Free State - 'Stalinist Albania without the sex'. The re-publication of The House of Gold, perhaps Liam O’Flaherty’s finest novel, goes some small way to ameliorate the atrocious wrong done when the book was banned in 1929…
Radical Children's Literature
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 25 May 2017 16:11

Radical Children's Literature

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Julia Mickenberg discusses some recently published radical children's literature. As Philip Nel and I suggested in “Radical Children’s Literature Now!", the contemporary field of radical children’s literature is so large that it is impossible to encompass. Still, several recently published, self-consciously radical books that directly or indirectly aim to motivate…
Keep Your Head Down, Henry
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:23

Keep Your Head Down, Henry

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Keep Your Head Down, Henry A Flash novella by Jon Tait   A Red Fox Ah was sitting on the ootdoor netty smoking a Woodbine in me cloth cap when ah hord something scratching aboot among the bins. Whey, ah just gan oot to get away from the noise of…
Comrade E.R.
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 20 April 2017 08:19

Comrade E.R.

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COMRADE E.R. a short story by Andrew Warburton             Elizabeth collapsed on the cell’s wooden bench and gave herself over to the devastation that had haunted her since Stalin’s intransigence became apparent. How could the plan have gone so badly wrong? The president had promised her that knowledge of Stalin’s…
Trouble In Store
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 28 January 2017 18:41

Trouble In Store

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When we see rough sleepers on our city streets we feel instinctively that something urgently needs to be done. Yet how far can our compassion stretch? What motivates some individuals to take action? How does it feel to be on the receiving end of compassion? This short story by Dermot…
Times Change
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 22:18

Times Change

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Paul Simon reviews John Ellison's debut novel. Times Change really shouldn’t be such a satisfying read. John Ellison’s debut novel contains so many of those elements that singularly, leave alone collectively, ought to kill off any work of fiction before the end of the first chapter. Not so. Set over the…
End of Thrones
Monday, 12 December 2016 15:09

End of Thrones

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Tony McKenna argues that the historical necessity embedded in the story and characters of Game of Thrones means that there is only one way it can end. Winter is coming, for Game of Thrones is now approaching its denouement with the penultimate series scheduled for next year and the final one…
Saturday, 29 October 2016 15:24

The Handsworth Times

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Paul Simon reviews a novel set in 1980s Handsworth, at the time of the riots. This novel by Sharon Duggal of life in early-1980s working-class Birmingham during the time of inner-city rioting is defined by the greater and lesser griefs of the Agarwal family.Through their voices, the wonderful cussedness of…
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 14:46

Animal Farm: a powerfully written allegory but an untruthful, gender-blind analysis

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Following her appearance on the In Our Time radio programme discussing Orwell's Animal Farm, Professor Mary Vincent reflects on its powerfully written but fundamentally untruthful and simplistic analysis of Soviet Russia, based on Orwell's mistaken interpretation of the Spanish Civil War and his blindness to gender issues. When I picked…
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