August 2017, issue no. 393

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Robert Dessaix reviews 'House of Names' by Colm Tóibín

Robert Dessaix

House of Names is a grim book, as any retelling of Aeschylus’s Oresteia is bound to be. It is a tale to harrow up your soul, to make your two eyes start from their sphe More

2017 Calibre Essay Prize (Second prize): 'To Speak of Sorrow' by Darius Sepehri

Darius Sepehri

Tehran, April 1987: Going Under - Descending in a stream of arpeggio broken chords: as we moved through night and the vernal air down into the green earth, my mother thought she heard a ch More

Geoff Page reviews 'Transparencies' by Stephen Edgar

Geoff Page

After Stephen Edgar’s nine collections of poetry, the last seven of which are distinguished by an extraordinary control over metre and rhyme, a reviewer feels bound to ask how this new b More

Mark Chou reviews ‘Democracy: Stories from the long road to freedom’ by Condoleezza Rice

Mark Chou

What are the cornerstones of democracy? If you ask Condoleezza Rice who, as the sixty-sixth US secretary of state, was responsible for introducing democracy to autocratic states like Afgha More

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