Fiction

Fiction

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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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…
Milkman
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 08 February 2019 09:04

Milkman

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Jenny Farrell reviews the novel Milkman, a peripheral view on a besieged working-class community during the North of Ireland Troubles, which has won the Man Booker Prize Belfast-born author Anna Burns has won the 2018 Man Booker Prize for her novel Milkman. The Booker’s chair of judges, philosopher Kwame Anthony…
The Interview
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 04 February 2019 18:32

The Interview

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The Interview by Jim Aitken He needed the job because he needed money to pay his bills. It was as simple as that. This interview, if he passed it, could do more. It could enable him to follow his dream of enabling youngsters to dream themselves. Right now people needed…
Shrinking Brexit
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 02 February 2019 16:22

Shrinking Brexit

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Shrinking Brexit by Jan Woolf CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services), Islington, July 2016 Marjorie glances in her consulting room mirror. A strong face looks back, handsome rather than pretty, a face ready for compassion: for active listening, eyes softening for the right kind of contact with her first…
Photo Op
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…
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