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Signs and Wonders, by Delia Falconer

Signs and Wonders, by Delia Falconer

Readers may remember that I featured the author Delia Falconer and her new book...

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Psynode, (Orphancorp #2), by Marlee Jane Ward

Psynode, (Orphancorp #2), by Marlee Jane Ward

Psynode (2017) is the follow-up to the award-winning Welcome to Orphancorp, (2015)...

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The Promise, by Damon Galgut

The Promise, by Damon Galgut

Sometimes, the library gods smile on us.  We read so many enticing reviews from...

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A bold, controversial memorial to a wartime massacre in Kyiv

A bold, controversial memorial to a wartime massacre in...

ON A BALMY September evening locals stroll in a leafy park in Kyiv. Parents push...

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Simone de Beauvoir’s lost novella of friendship

Simone de Beauvoir’s lost novella of friendship

Inseparable. By Simone de Beauvoir. Translated by Sandra Smith. Ecco; 176 pages;...

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If you, like, dislike “like”, maybe, like, think again

If you, like, dislike “like”, maybe, like, think again

NOBODY SEEMS to like like—or nobody with access to a printing press. Letters to...

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Three Daughters of Eve, by Elif Shafak

Three Daughters of Eve, by Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is a Turkish author who also lives in Britain.  Her novels have been...

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A poignant abortion drama prevails at the Venice Film Festival

A poignant abortion drama prevails at the Venice Film Festival

THE PREVIOUS winner of the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival,...

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A case in Germany has big implications for the antiquities trade

A case in Germany has big implications for the antiquities...

WHEN MEMBERS of the semi-militarised Civil Guard raided the home of Ricardo Granada...

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A true story of trial by combat in “The Last Duel”

A true story of trial by combat in “The Last Duel”

SIR RIDLEY SCOTT may have created two seminal works of science fiction in “Alien”...

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No One, by John Hughes

No One, by John Hughes

I have all sorts of good reasons for reading this novella by Sydney author John...

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The Road to Urbino, by Roma Tearne

The Road to Urbino, by Roma Tearne

I bought The Road to Urbino when it was nominated for the 2012 MAN Asian Prize,...

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Meet the LARB China Channel Team, Part 6 — A Q&A With Advising Editor Jason Y. Ng

Meet the LARB China Channel Team, Part 6 — A Q&A With Advising...

This interview, like the previous one in this series with Eileen Cheng-yin Chow,...

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Sunset for a Blog and a Double Birthday

Sunset for a Blog and a Double Birthday

For several years, I’ve had the pleasure of co-editing this China Blog at BLARB,...

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Meet the LARB China Channel Team, Part 7 — A Q&A With Academic Editor Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Meet the LARB China Channel Team, Part 7 — A Q&A With Academic...

This interview with Jeffrey Wasserstrom, academic editor of the new LARB China Channel...

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The Magician, by Colm Tóibín

The Magician, by Colm Tóibín

I can’t help feeling a bit discontented about the latest novel from Colm Tóibín....