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Ozymandias Syndrome

Robert Irwin, 24 August 1995

Islamic Architecture 
by Robert Hillenbrand.
Edinburgh, 645 pp., £49.50, November 1994, 0 7486 0479 0
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The Art and Architecture of Islam 1250-1800 
by Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom.
Yale, 348 pp., £45, August 1994, 0 300 05888 8
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The Mosque: History, Architectural Development and Regional Diversity 
edited by Martin Frishman and Hassan-Uddin Khan.
Thames and Hudson, 288 pp., £36, November 1994, 0 500 34133 8
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Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey 
by Nurhan Atasoy and Julian Raby.
Alexandria Press/Laurence King, 384 pp., £60, July 1994, 1 85669 054 7
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... the two books’ treatment of the 14th-century palace of the Alhambra, outside Granada. Bloom and Blair’s prose is Baedekerish and, save for the occasional adjective of approbation, tends to shun value judgments in favour of a positivistic catalogue of what there is to be seen. Hillenbrand’s account not only describes what was there, but also suggests how ...

Diary

Andy Beckett: In Chile, 25 January 2001

Pinochet and Me: A Chilean Anti-Memoir 
by Marc Cooper.
Verso, 143 pp., £15, December 2000, 1 85984 785 4
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... Being imprisoned and tortured after years of healing the local poor, as the British doctor Sheila Cassidy infamously was in Santiago in the mid-1970s, is not to be dismissed by someone sitting in the British Library. But others’ accounts of minor experiences and escapes from Chile can appear a bit melodramatic, and secure diminishing returns. Marc ...

That was the year that was

Tariq Ali, 24 May 2018

... Garnett, John McGrath. You know, from the cultural milieu. There was Clive, Fred Halliday, later Sheila Rowbotham got involved, and Roger Smith, script editor at the BBC. The French May erupted as we were about to launch the first issue, which had come out looking slightly miserabilist and unimaginative. It was generally felt that the cover was awful. We ...

Diary

Alan Bennett: Notes on 1997, 1 January 1998

... that enabled me to go on doing silly turns, being funny and thus eventually to write. 20 January. Sheila J. up the road says that in last week’s fog she came upon two Brent geese grounded outside No 60. She rang the RSPCA, who said that since they were on the road they were the responsibility of the highways authority. Camden being Camden the highways ...

Russia’s Managed Democracy

Perry Anderson: Why Putin?, 25 January 2007

... deny their crimes, and most are understanding of each other’s lies about them. Bush and Blair, with still more blood on their hands – in all probability, that of over half a million Iraqis – observe these precepts as automatically as Putin. But there is a difference that sets Putin apart from his fellow rulers in the G8, indeed from virtually ...

The Tower

Andrew O’Hagan, 7 June 2018

... for Eddie Daffarn to come downstairs, and for Sam, the son of my neighbour.’ No one had woken Sheila, the elderly lady who lived on that floor, and Sam had to leave without his father, who suffered from dementia and was refusing to move. ‘Where is your dad?’ Hamid asked him.‘He is frozen. He can’t walk.’Reflecting on it later, Hamid said he ...

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