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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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Secrets, crimes and the schooling of the ruling class: how British boarding school stories betrayed their audience
Friday, 31 May 2019 15:40

Secrets, crimes and the schooling of the ruling class: how British boarding school stories betrayed their audience

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Nicholas Tucker asks why authors of children's stories about boarding schools chose to concentrate on escapist fantasy, rather than telling the truth Asked by a magazine in 1956 what he considered the chief characteristics of children’s literature, the veteran French writer Marcel Aymé replied ‘La bêtise, le mensonge, l’hypocrisie.’ This…
'Heed the truth/Spoken by the youth!' Stories of political activism by young people at the Battle of Cable Street
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 07 May 2019 09:28

'Heed the truth/Spoken by the youth!' Stories of political activism by young people at the Battle of Cable Street

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As young people take to the streets to protest about climate change, Kim Reynolds discusses the way political activism by young people at the Battle of Cable Street has been portrayed in radical children's literature, and urges us to 'heed the truth/Spoken by the youth' What has come to be…
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K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 20 April 2019 20:24

The noir novel: crime and corruption at the heart of the capitalist world

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Dennis Broe reports from the Quais du Polar conference in Lyon, and discusses some examples of noir novels which depict and criticise the environmental depredation and social inequalities which lie at the heart of the modern capitalist world Noir fiction is distinguished from simple crime fiction by adding a darker…
Traven (alias Ret Marut, born Otto Feige), police photo, London 1923
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 31 March 2019 11:13

Exposing the exploitative nature of capitalism: the life and writings of B. Traven

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Jenny Farrell introduces B. Traven, a writer who stood consistently and unreservedly on the side of the working class and the oppressed. Like Robert Tressell, his novels and writings relentlessly expose and protest the exploitative nature of the capitalist system. The writer Otto Feige, alias B. Traven, died fifty years…
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K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 08 January 2019 19:32

Sugar Plum

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Sugar Plum by Jan Woolf A winter’s day in 2008, in Dalston, London 6am Zeina wakes, and, remembering, keeps her body as still as she can. She lifts her hand to snap on the bedside light, gently turning her head towards the photograph in the thin green frame. There they…
Dishwasher hands
Monday, 17 December 2018 11:21

Dishwasher hands

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Dishwasher hands by Craig Campbell Saturday nights at the Dilshad were the worst. People let off steam in Hartlepool in the worst ways possible, like stray bullets looking for a spleen. From time to time I would glance through the crack in the kitchen door but their DNA was always…
The Baton: a short story by Jan Woolf
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 19:25

The Baton: a short story by Jan Woolf

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Marx Memorial Library is hosting a series of readings from left-wing fiction writers. Each month a fiction writer, dramatist or poet will read from current work and discuss their writing processes with the audience. These sessions are ideal for avid readers as well as writers. The writers in February will…
José Saramago: visions of a better world
Saturday, 29 September 2018 17:54

José Saramago: visions of a better world

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Jenny Farrell pays tribute to the communist writer José Saramago, whose vision of another, possible world is still relevant today. Twenty years ago, on 8 October 1998, the communist writer José de Sousa Saramago was the first Portuguese author to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.  The first fifty years of…
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