Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ceuta – Spain’s Rock

Ceuta – Spain’s Rock BILL HARTLEY visits a surviving fragment of the Spanish Empire The ferry from Algeçiras makes the world’s shortest intercontinental crossing as it travels to North Africa. Yet if the destination is Ceuta then the traveller remains … Continue reading

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Slavoj Zizek – the Left’s visionary of violence

Slavoj Žižek – visionary of violence HENRY HOPWOOD-PHILLIPS examines one of today’s most lionized Leftists Born in 1949 to an economist and an accountant in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Slavoj Žižek is a cultural critic renowned for his innovative interpretations of the … Continue reading

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Why the Left is sometimes Right

Why the Left is sometimes Right FERGUS DOWNIE examines the crossovers between supposed ideological enemies In Arthur Koestler’s wartime novel Arrival and Departure, there is a striking scene where the author introduces a prototypically modern Nazi diplomat, who expounds on the intrinsically … Continue reading

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Aristophanes’ comedies of (political) errors

Aristophanes’ comedies of (political) errors KENNETH ROYCE MOORE asks what we can learn about today’s politics from the Attic wit Aristophanic Comedy and the Challenge of Democratic Citizenship John Zumbrunnen, University of Rochester Press, 2012 Zumbrunnen’s book takes a new … Continue reading

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Stefan Zweig – yesterday’s man

Stefan Zweig – yesterday’s man STODDARD MARTIN reviews a life of the aesthete and belletrist Three Lives: A Biography of Stefan Zweig Oliver Matuschek (2006), tr. Allan Blunden, Pushkin, £20 The fall of Hapsburg civilization was a catastrophe for some; … Continue reading

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On An Anonymous Reviewer – Catharine Savage Brosman

On an Anonymous Reviewer CATHARINE SAVAGE BROSMAN A man? A woman? Quite close-lipped, at least, invited to assess a scholar’s lengthy manuscript. It was shot down, without finesse.   “The work, I see, does not succeed except most literally; such … Continue reading

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Replay – Star Wars (1977) by Mark Wegierski

Star Wars (1977) MARK WEGIERSKI Star Wars (original theatre-version length 121 minutes) is the George Lucas masterpiece that has led to the emergence of one of the most successful of the current-day pop-culture mega-franchises. The film begins with the written … Continue reading

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Remembering Russia’s Vietnam

Remembering Russia’s Vietnam FRANK ELLIS remembers the tortuous Soviet attempt to subjugate Afghanistan Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan 1979-89 Rodric Braithwaite, Profile Books, London, 2011 “This film is dedicated to the gallant people of Afghanistan” (Rambo III, 1988) Afgantsy is … Continue reading

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Rational national limits

Rational national limits ROBERT HENDERSON considers the case for maintaining nation states The Significance of Borders – Why Representative Government and the Rule of Law Require Nation States Thierry Baudet, Brill, 2012 This a frustrating book. Its subject is of … Continue reading

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The price of ambition

The price of ambition LESLIE JONES “Few, I ween, shall stir her hate unscathed, or lightly humble her.” Euripides, Medea In Euripides’ drama Medea, Jason forsakes his wife and children in order to marry the daughter of Creon, ruler of Corinth. … Continue reading

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