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Volume 40 Number 10
24 May 2018

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Sadakat Kadri
Aung San Suu Kyi

23 May 2018

Valeria Costa-Kostritsky
May ’18

23 May 2018

The Editors
Philip Roth


1 August 1996

Ruth Bernard Yeazell
The world’s worst-dressed woman

23 October 1986

Philip Roth
Philip Roth talks to the Italian writer Primo Levi about his life and times

26 April 2018

Serafina Cuomo
The Antikythera Mechanism

In the next issue, which will be dated 7 June, Andrew O’Hagan’s investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire and its political aftermath.

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Ella George

Purges and Paranoia

When military juntas imposed martial law at least there was always the hope that a return to civilian rule would bring a reprieve. Turkey today is a deeply traumatised society. The purges and detentions are a lottery: one signatory of a petition calling for peace with the Kurds is purged from higher education, another remains precariously employed; someone is detained for getting a mortgage from a now expropriated bank, someone else who held an account with the same bank is unaffected. Turks today confront the capriciousness of arbitrary power with no recourse to anything that resembles the rule of law. More

Sally Rooney

An Irish Problem

The abortion rate in Ireland will not fall if the referendum fails; it may not increase substantially if the referendum passes. But the relationship of pregnant women in Ireland to their own bodies will change, and change significantly, if the ‘Yes’ campaign is successful. I was born in 1991, the same year a Virgin Megastore in Dublin was raided for selling condoms without a pharmacist present. Two years before the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Four years before the legalisation of divorce. Twenty-seven years, I can only hope, before the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. More

Henry Siegman

An Autopsy

The two-state solution died because Netanyahu and successive Israeli governments were determined to kill it, and those who could have prevented its demise lacked the resolve and moral courage to do so. America failed in the mission it thought itself uniquely qualified to accomplish because it failed to understand that the diplomatic objective of a great power, and particularly the world’s greatest power, should not be peace, a goal that Netanyahu dishonestly embraced, but justice. More

Tariq Ali

That was the year that was

The French May erupted as we were about to launch the first issue of The Black Dwarf, which had come out looking miserabilist and unimaginative. It was generally felt that the cover was awful. We voted to pulp it and D.A.N. Jones, later of the LRB, walked out. We’d lost the editor. I was asked to take over and with the designer Robin Fior looking over my shoulder I wrote: WE SHALL FIGHT, WE WILL WIN: PARIS, LONDON, ROME, BERLIN. The vote was unanimous. We were for Utopia. More

Deborah Friedell


‘Have I told you about my old friend who’s married to the Republican governor of Missouri?’ Too often, the answer was yes, I had – sometimes more than once. My Sheena story was my best story, the anecdote that rarely failed, which was fortunate, because I couldn’t stop telling it, usually in the same way, even with the same pauses and hand gestures. At the end, I would play on my phone one of Eric’s earliest campaign ads, in which he shoots a machine gun into a field as he promises to take ‘dead aim at politics as usual’. ‘If you’re ready for a conservative outsider,’ he says, ‘I’m ready to fire away.’ More

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Chris Mullin

On the Titanic
Rosemary Hill


AUDIO The problem with winning

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