In Lublin, listening to news on the Voice of America and the BBC World Service, my Polish companion and I heard about strikes in some factories, demonstrations in the major cities and the arrest of eight hundred people. This ‘streaming’ of events defines the political situation in Poland; it als…
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When Virginia Woolf was thirteen, she was abused by her half-brother George Duckworth. No one believed her – not even her biographers.
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I Will Never See the World Again
‘I was in a cage because a man had eaten an apple.’ Translated from the Turkish by Yasemin Çongar.