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Volume 37 Number 10
21 May 2015

LRB blog 22 May 2015

Yasmin El-Rifae
On the Road

22 May 2015

Fatema Ahmed
Who are the Rohingya?

22 May 2015

Aaron Bastani
Labour’s Fight


4 June 2015

Ross McKibbin
Labour dies again

7 May 2015

Jenny Diski
In Gratitude

7 May 2015

Neal Ascherson
Remarque’s Fiction

In the next issue, which will be dated 4 June, Michael Hofmann on Seamus Heaney, Edward Luttwak on the Armenian Genocide; Jenny Diski moves out.


Tuesday 26 May at 7.00 P.M.

IFFP panel on Fiction in Translation, with Jenny Erpenbeck, Daniel Kehlmann, Erwin Mortier and Catherine Taylor

Wednesday 27 May at 7.00 P.M.

Gavin Francis: Adventures in Human Being

Wednesday 3 June at 6.00 P.M.

June Late Night Shopping

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Ross McKibbin: Labour dies again

For Labour the loss of Scotland was a genuine catastrophe. Only under the most exceptional circumstances can Labour now win an outright majority in Parliament without Scotland. To do so it will have to win scores of seats in England and Wales. The evolving social structure of England and Wales, though not without possibilities for Labour, is working against that possibility. Above all, the drastic decline in the industrial working class and in union membership has greatly weakened a political culture that once strongly favoured Labour. More


Seymour M. Hersh

The Killing of Osama bin Laden

This spring I contacted Asad Durrani, former head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, and told him in detail what I had learned about the bin Laden assault from American sources: that bin Laden had been a prisoner of the ISI at the Abbottabad compound since 2006; that Generals Kayani and Pasha knew of the raid in advance and had made sure that the two helicopters delivering the Seals to Abbottabad could cross Pakistani airspace without triggering any alarms; that the CIA did not learn of bin Laden’s whereabouts by tracking his couriers. More

Andrew O’Hagan

Saul Bellow

On his deathbed, Saul Bellow asked a question of himself that he might have asked at the time of his first novel and his first marriage: ‘Was I a man or a jerk?’ You could say it’s a good question for anyone to ask, especially someone who wrote 18 books and had five wives. Next to Norman Mailer, who did equally well on the spouse-mongering front, Bellow was a worker of slow, monkish application, always tied, seldom happily, to a university department, and agonising over a book. John Updike, who had a modest two wives and wrote 63 books, was, in a way, worldlier. More

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

In Sanaa

Early last year, the Houthis, followers of a revivalist anti-Western cleric, moved out of their northern highlands and marched south towards Sanaa, promising to end corruption, to fight al-Qaida, challenge US hegemony – al-Qaida and the Americans were allies in the subjugation of Muslims, they said – and raise Yemenis out of poverty and powerlessness into a shining and more dignified future. In 2011 President Saleh had been toppled to be replaced by his deputy, the aloof Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who had allowed the Yemeni branch of the Muslim Brotherhood to control many offices of state. More

Mike Jay

Am I Napoleon?

‘Delusions of grandeur’, of which believing oneself to be Napoleon became the archetype, rose to extraordinary medical and cultural prominence during the July Monarchy. By 1840 it accounted for a quarter of all diagnoses of insanity. It was a form of monomania, the term coined by Esquirol to describe an uncontrolled delusion or obsession (idée fixe) in one who might otherwise appear sane. He conceived it as a disease of the passions, a consequence of ‘self-love, vanity, pride and ambition’, and hence a moral failing as much as a pathology. More

Notes on the Election
David Runciman

Short Cuts
Thomas Meaney

At Tate Britain
Anne Wagner