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Stefan Zweig: The Journeys of a European

The conditions that led to Zweig’s departure from Vienna and eventually Europe all too closely resemble the current climate. The amalgamation of rising xenophobia, Brexit, the rising popularity of the mildly-labelled “alt-right” in France, The Netherlands, Italy, and particularly in Poland and Hungary, would surely inspire the same feeling of despair in Zweig if he were living today.

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On Olivia Laing's Crudo: Who is Kathy Acker?

After having published carefully researched and masterfully written books on drinking, writing, and loneliness, Olivia Laing put out Crudo last week. A fictional story set in a very non-fictional moment in time, Crudo is in essence an attempt to capture, and make sense of, the experience of living through the summer of 2017, and going through that experience one moment at a time.

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BooksPlaton Poulas
Zadie Smith and M. Nourbese Philip: Narratives And Mythologies On Identity, Gender, And Language

Contemporary postcolonial literature is a wide and fruitful field of writing which engages in discourses of cultural identity. Often, these discourses are associated to other themes, such as language and gender. How do Zadie Smith and M. Nourbese Philip, two extraordinary contemporary women writers, position themselves in this field?

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A Novel Soundtrack: Our Endless Numbered Days

I listen to music while I write, finding a play list that suits the tone of the book I’m writing, and I’ll play that list over and over for two years until I no longer hear any lyrics, but the mood seeps into what I’m writing. With Our Endless Numbered Days I listened to 150 tracks by Iron and Wine...

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BooksClaire Fuller
A Novel Soundtrack: How To Be Both

I know you love reading books, but do you like listening to them too? There are novels that carry a lot of music within them, and Ali Smith's How To Be Both is such a novel. Songs that relate to the main characters' lives, and also a soundtrack for an enhanced reading experience.

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A Novel Soundtrack: Kafka On The Shore

Music that inspired Murakami's classic novel, music mentioned in it, and music to enhance your reading experience. The playlist is intended to represent the spirit of the novel and its characters, and to fully immerse you in their world while you read. Enjoy!

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5 Short Stories You Can Read Right Now

The short story is a delicate form of writing because of this brevity that allows only the very best writers to capture the reader's heart and mind in just a few pages. For the very best short story writers, a five page story can be more powerful than a seven book series. So, here's a list of 5 short stories that can easily be read in one short go, but will have you thinking about them for hours or days to come.

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The Personal, the Political, and the Academic: Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts

Kneading together memoir, academic writing, and social criticism, Maggie Nelson gives a new meaning to "The personal is political." How does Nelson use her experience to present social issues, and how does Deleuze's perception of phenomenology play a part in this? 

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The Author Is Not Dead: Karl Ove Knausgaard

Two weeks ago, Karl Ove Knausgaard was at the Edinburgh Book Festival presenting his new project: a season quartet starting with the newly released AUTUMN. But his previous work, MY STRUGGLE, seems to be at the epicenter of a growing movement in literature today. The first in a series of articles on this movement, we take here a closer look at one of its major proponents. 

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Isolation and References in T.S. Eliot's Poems

How does T.S. Eliot use various literary references to construct the voices in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and “The Hollow Men” to highlight the themes of isolation and miscommunication in the two poems?

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What Makes a Book Scottish: On Caledonian Antisyzygy and Nostalgia

When discussing Scottish literature, a familiar point of discussion is determining what element makes it Scottish, distinguishing it from other countries’ literature. Along with the theme of national identity, Gregory Smith’s idea of a Caledonian antisyzygy will inevitably come up.

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