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The Foreign Correspondent
‘The absence of Indian foreign correspondents was, and is, unexceptional.’
Best Book of 2008: The Alphabet
Rae Armantrout on why Ron Silliman's The Alphabet is the best book of 2008.
Best Story of 1965: ‘Everything That Rises Must Converge’
Aimee Bender on why Flannery O’Connor's ‘Everything That Rises Must Converge’ is the best story of 1965.
Fatima Bhutto | My Other Thing
‘If you happen to be friends with one of the world’s most fearsome food critics, don’t cook for him.’
Fatima Bhutto on the Refugee Crisis
‘In a connected world, how can anyone close their doors?’
‘There are fragments of a criminal alongside fragments of a dad, and nothing overlaps, nothing eclipses the other, they’re just there, next to each other. No narrative fits.’
First Sentence: Molly Brodak
‘A name is a single small token of selfhood issued at birth, upon which all the rest of one’s person must be built.’
‘A woman asked the steward behind the registration desk if our flight to Moscow was domestic or international. “We are still working on that,” the man answered.’
Best Book of 2006: The Re-Emergence of Global Finance
Oliver Bullough on why Gary Burn's The Re-Emergence of Global Finance is the best book of 2006.
‘What they are excavating is the birth of a civilisation.’
Cairo: September 2014
‘Over the past few months, the government has been ad-libbing the time.’
War in Donbas
Six days on the front lines of Ukraine’s ongoing battle with pro-Russian separatists
An (almost) perfect day
‘I think of the self-portrait as a mirror of all the violence that befalls us.’
Best Book of 1981: Lanark
Lorna Gibb on why Alasdair Gray's Lanark is the best book of 1981.
After Zero Hour
‘It seemed there was a little piece of Iraqi earth inside me that refused to let me go.’
The Battle for Kessab
‘No Armenian can forget 1915. From 24 April 1915, which Armenians commemorate as the beginning of a slaughter that in fact started earlier, the Ottoman Empire killed between 650,000 and 1.5 million Armenians in their homes, on death marches and in concentration camps.’
‘Restored nature would be a phantom of its former self. The experience would be akin to visiting a wildlife park.’
Best Book of 2003: The Curious Life of Robert Hooke
Daisy Hildyard on why Lisa Jardine's The Curious Life of Robert Hooke is the best book of 2003.
The Cage of You
‘They treated their bodies like some exotic animal they’d found fast asleep, beings they needed to wake to truly know.’
Greg Jackson | First Sentence
‘I am being, I believe, about as forthright as I am being coy.’
‘I liked the way she travelled: with her iPod in one pocket, her traditional Yup’ik woman’s knife, or ulu, in the other.’
Anjali Joseph | First Sentence
‘I kept returning to the Beckett stories, a favourite since I came upon them in my late teens.’
On the Refugee Crisis
‘Europe, my love. You have such a long history; and oftentimes such a short memory.’
The Ghost in the Kimono
Deep in the dense volume of Delhi’s history Raghu Kardad investigates ‘the remarkable, untold story of the Japanese in the Old Fort’.
‘In more ways than one, the rituals of death had reminded me that I was an outsider.’
Best Book of 2015: After The Dance
Dimitry Elias Léger on why Jan Gaye's After the Dance is the best book of 2015.
Best Book of 2017: Shadowbahn
Jonathan Lethem on why Steve Erickson's Shadowbahn is the best book of a year to come.