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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…
from Trapped
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…
A vision of the world to come: Liam O'Flaherty's 'Hollywood Cemetery'
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 08 April 2019 15:24

A vision of the world to come: Liam O'Flaherty's 'Hollywood Cemetery'

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Jenny Farrell reviews Liam O’Flaherty’s re-issued novel,“Hollywood Cemetery” Published in London in 1935, but never re-issued until now, “Hollywood Cemetery” is one of five novels by O’Flaherty banned by the Irish State under the Censorship Act. In the 1930s, O’Flaherty was one of Ireland’s most censored authors – in fact,…
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
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
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
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…
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