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Xiaolu Guo interview: ‘Westerners have to read more non-western materials’

3 June 2014 18:56

Born in a remote fishing village in south eastern China during the Cultural Revolution, Xiaolu Guo is now known as an artistic ‘one-woman industry’. Producing both films and novels, her… Continue reading

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Prize winning novelist Ben Fountain warns that writers must never trust politicians.

Ben Fountain interview: Lies are an affront to writers because lying is the corruption of language

18 June 2013 16:23

Ben Fountain’s debut short story collection, Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, was published in America eighteen years after he left his job at a Dallas real estate law firm to… Continue reading

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Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng poses after winning the Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel 'The Garden of Evening Mists'. (PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Tan Twan Eng interview: ‘I have no alternative but to write in English’

20 May 2013 11:10

Tan Twan Eng’s first novel was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, his second was shortlisted and then won the Man Asian Literary Prize. To say that his work over… Continue reading

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A man holds a pillbox with the AIDS ribbon on sale at the Global Village in Mexico City on August 3, 2008 during an exhibition in the framework of the XVII International AIDS/HIV Conference, which shows how far we have come since Marco Roth's father was diagnosed with the condition in the 1980s. Picture: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images

An unwanted relation

25 February 2013 12:07

In June 1981, the United States’ Centers  for Disease Control noted in its weekly report that five ‘previously healthy’ young men in Los Angeles had been treated for pneumonia. Two… Continue reading

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech under portraits of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the founder of Iran's Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Getty: Image.

Simin Daneshvar, Persia’s first female novelist and hope for Iran’s future

11 December 2012 14:40

There is a Persian proverb which states that ‘books are a man’s best friend.’ Persian literature from the kings of antiquity to the last Shah of the Peacock Throne has,… Continue reading

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Dmitry Vrubel's picture of Leonid Brezhnev kissing Erich Honecker, whose rule provide the backdrop to Stefan Heym's 'The Architects' and indeed Heym's life. Image: Getty

Eastern promises – the rediscovery of Stefan Heym

27 November 2012 11:36

A German Jew fleeing Nazism to America; a soldier in the D-Day landings; a US citizen moving to the GDR for the socialist cause; a writer denounced by the Party;… Continue reading

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