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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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All Quiet on the Western Front
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 09:04

All Quiet on the Western Front

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 Jenny Farrell introduces the famous anti-war book, as we near the 50th anniversary of Erich Maria Remarque's death. Image by Photofest World War I was termed the war that would end all wars, so great was the horror of this new, diabolical stage of industrial annihilation. We know now that…
'History Lite': Hilary Mantel's Cromwell trilogy
Saturday, 22 August 2020 19:26

'History Lite': Hilary Mantel's Cromwell trilogy

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John Green reviews Hilary Mantel’s trilogy of historical novels. The above image is Hans Holbein's 1530s portrait of Thomas Cromwell Hilary Mantel’s trilogy on the life of Henry VIII’s secretary, Thomas Cromwell (1485 –1540), has been widely praised, and the first two volumes each won the Booker Prize for fiction.…
A lesser evil
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 16 August 2020 07:41

A lesser evil

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13th October 2040 Dear Richard, I know it must be weird and more than slightly disturbing to receive a ‘letter from beyond the grave’, but I trust you won’t be seriously spooked by it, not after all those years as a hospital doctor like me and some of the strange,…
Hollywood corruption in the McCarthy period: Left of Eden
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 02 August 2020 09:09

Hollywood corruption in the McCarthy period: Left of Eden

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Paul Simon reviews Dennis Broe's new novel Author Dennis Broe is an international expert on film noir and an acclaimed socialist writer, as his dialectical and highly readable contributions to this website and his reviews for the Morning Star evidence. In his first novel Left of Eden, his expansive knowledge…
Melissa Diem: what it means to be human
Thursday, 14 May 2020 10:51

Melissa Diem: what it means to be human

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Fran Lock continues her series of interviews with under-represented feminist writers and artists, with an interview with the writer, artist, film-maker and photographer Melissa Diem Melissa Diem was born in New York and has lived in Ireland since she was twelve. She has a degree in psychology and an MPhil…
Charles Dickens and working-class literature
Monday, 11 May 2020 09:09

Charles Dickens and working-class literature

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Jenny Farrell discusses Charles Dickens, the first English novelist to put ordinary people at the heart of the story This month marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens, who was born in 1812, during the Napoleonic Wars. Although his authorial perspective was always rooted in the petty-bourgeois…
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