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Neal Ascherson

19 December 1991
Judge on Trial 
by Ivan Klima, translated by A.G. Brain.
Chatto, 547 pp., £14.99, November 1991, 9780701133498
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... whose laws declared yesterday’s crimes to be acts of heroism. They naturally regarded this change as a victory for historical truth and agreed that guilt must be assessed, wrongs put right and society purged. But what was to be identified as guilt and what condoned, seeing that they had all lived under the former regime, however hated and imposed it ...

If I Turn and Run

Iain Sinclair: In Hoxton

1 June 2000
by Bill Drummond.
Little, Brown, 361 pp., £12.99, March 2000, 0 316 85385 2
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Crucify Me Again 
by Mark Manning.
Codex, 190 pp., £8.95, May 2000, 0 18 995814 6
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... leave it alone. This is here and this is it. The back-story is more complicated. Shoreditch dragged comfortably through a few centuries living down to its name: a diesel tourniquet, a ha-ha filled with refuse, sawdust from repro furniture workshops, casual prostitution, single shoes exhibited on Sunday pavements, Italian rip-offs wholesaled in the ...

Do I like it?

Terry Castle: Outsider Art

28 July 2011
... of fixation trouble as much as they arouse. Certainly, that would seem to be true in my case. Strange fits of passion have I known – a carload of them – but few that have not involved mixed feelings. Yet even for me, the love-hate feeling that outsider art elicits is peculiarly intense. I’ve been collecting the stuff, fairly omnivorously, the past five ...

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