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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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The Good Soldier Svejk: or How to Stay Sane in an Insane World
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 10 January 2020 15:57

The Good Soldier Svejk: or How to Stay Sane in an Insane World

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Chris Guiton discusses Jaroslav Hašek’s comic masterpiece, The Good Soldier Švejk and his Fortunes in the World War, as tensions rise again in the Middle East Albert Camus once remarked, “It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.” The latest round of…
From the dystopian chaos of the free market to the solidarity of co-operative communism: the Maddaddam trilogy
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 12 November 2019 17:20

From the dystopian chaos of the free market to the solidarity of co-operative communism: the Maddaddam trilogy

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Jenny Farrell discusses Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam trilogy Margaret Atwood, who turns 80 in November 2019, has written several novels that explore dystopian situations or circumstances where people are subjected to control and violence. Arguably, the most famous of these is The Handmaid’s Tale (1985). However, what distinguishes Atwood’s work is…
We should all stop and smell the flowers: The Story of Ferdinand
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 10 October 2019 10:33

We should all stop and smell the flowers: The Story of Ferdinand

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Chris Guiton discusses The Story of Ferdinand, an anti-war allegory and a classic of radical children's literature We were all children once. And we remember the stories we heard or read as we grew up. They helped shape how we view the world. They introduced us to different places, different…
Finnegans Wake, fascism, and the essential unity of the human race
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 03 September 2019 11:04

Finnegans Wake, fascism, and the essential unity of the human race

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Sean Ledwith shows how Finnegans Wake, far from being an incomprehensible waste of Joyce's genius, is an anti-fascist masterwork, uniting and celebrating the wholeness, richness and vibrancy of human culture 80 years ago, as the clouds of war darkened over Europe, one of the most notoriously baffling books of all…
The Cave of Gold
Monday, 26 August 2019 13:35

The Cave of Gold

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 David Betteridge re-tells an old tale, inspired by John Berger, Timothy Neat, and Margaret Bennett, with drawings by Bob Starrett The Cave of Gold by David Betteridge On 23rd February, 2017, in Edinburgh, an event was held by the Royal Scottish Academy, in commemoration of an honorary member who had…
The Pay-Off
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 16:25

The Pay-Off

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The Pay-Off by Craig Campbell In the weeks before he'd lost his job as a steelworker at Corus Redcar, Francis Bell had suffered a series of strange dreams. In them he was always invisible – a man staring out at the world without a shadow for company. The dreams had…
Poetic Justice
Tuesday, 09 July 2019 17:05

Poetic Justice

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Poetic Justice by Moya Roddy Fuckin’ mad, Stacey thinks, eyeing the crowd milling outside the theatre. Imagine goin’ to hear poetry this hour of the morning. Across the entrance of the building a large banner blazes: Cuirt International Festival of Poetry and Literature. Stacy wonders what ‘Cuirt’ means? Something to…
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