All The Wrong Places
Reportage resists easy definition and comes in many forms – travel essay, narrative history, autobiography – but at its finest it reveals hidden truths about people and events that have shaped the world we know. This new series, hailed as ‘a wonderful idea’ by Don DeLillo, both restores to print and introduces for the first time some of the greatest works of the genre. This is a visceral, on-the-spot, and unforgettable account of the fall of Saigon, war-ravaged Cambodia, and the Philippines in the midst of revolution from James Fenton, the right man in the wrong place in dangerous times.
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Kwangju and After
‘Some people said they were not ‘with’ the students. They were not in favour of the use of arms. But they were of one voice in saying that the students were their sons, and that if the army came in the students would be put to death. That was why they kept saying: “Tell the truth about us.”’
The Snap Revolution (Part Two: The Narrow Road to the Solid North)
‘Most of his life has been spent under Marcos's rule, and his habit of thought was to doubt the story as presented in, say, the newspaper, and to try to guess the story behind the story.’