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Beastly Behaviour

The fables, Seamus Heaney has written, that corpus of tales of innocent or treacherous beasts and birds, were once part of the common oral culture of Europe, a store of folk wisdom as pervasive and unifying at vernacular level as the doctrines of Christianity were in the higher realms of scholastic culture.
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Filling in the blank

As a child, Nobel laureate Imre Kertesz was bought a beautiful notebook. So beautiful he didn't want to write anything unworthy in it.
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Bellow's Gift

Saul Bellow judged that many people he knew had made too much of an investment in the difficult texts of Marxism to ever accept that it no longer had very much to say about reality. Can we say that about any later intellectual fashions?
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Miss Austen's Merits Debated

Miss Fox, of Fleet Street near Charing Cross, though of uncertain family, unknown fortune and indifferent parts, was a young woman of very definite opinions, many of them other people's.
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Modern Turkish: A Catastrophic Success

Modernising influences in Turkey tried to impose a purely Turkic language with a new alphabet in place of the rich mixture of Turkic, Arabic and Persian which had comprised the language of the Ottoman empire. This led to a few problems.
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The Black International

What kind of conspiracy is the European Union anyway? A Papist one, or a German one?
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Come in! The kettle's on the boil!

Some of our new fellow Europeans don't like the government knowing their business. Sure, they're only human.
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Kneeling in the Ghetto

Former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, now 94, insists that the proper attitude for his countrymen and women to adopt to Poland involves a continuing humility and patience.
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Against Theory

Noam Chomsky is unimpressed by the great minds of European postmodernism.
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Press Button B

Terry Eagleton will have no truck with the modern world and its noise and its gadgets and its silly babbling. Fair play to him.
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C'est la meme chose

Some non-Anglo-Saxon cultures, and particularly the French, seem prone to national panic in the face of la globalisation. But rumours and fears of cultural extinction are greatly exaggerated.
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Poet, translator, patient, sinner

Oliver Bernard was a poet and an acclaimed translator of Rimbaud. He got up to a few other things as well.
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Lydia Davis wins International Man Booker

The American minimalist short story writer follows Ismail Kadare, Chinua Achebe, Alice Munro and Philip Roth.
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Speak the Best Word

Margaret Fuller, writing in 1840, had some very pertinent things to say about people who have opinions and like to sound off.
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No talent? His eyes flashed angrily

There is still time to book for Dan Brown in Dublin and hear how he does it.
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Saloon Bar Blues

Philip Larkin is still among Britain's most read poets, which must testify to a certain appetite for gloom. Alan Bennett however finds it is sometimes all a little too much.
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Friday Night and the Lights are Low

Dancing in the Regency period may have looked from a distance like a straitlaced and buttoned-up affair, but it was vital to the reproduction of 'good society' and charged with excitement and sexual energy.
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Quiet Please

A new study examines silence in the Christian tradition and its use for good and evil.
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Carson shortlisted for RSL Prize

Liam Carson has been shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature/Ondaatje prize for his memoir of his parents, Call Mother a Lonely Field.
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The Beautiful German Language

Some people think it sounds harsh, and some very eminent Germans historically thought it wouldn't do, but spoken by the right person it will make you swoon.
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