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Venting with Mario Vargas Llosa

Letras Libres marks the twentieth anniversary of its Spanish edition with a new short story by Mario Vargas Llosa, in which the 85-year-old novelist presents both an unsparing image of the consequences of ageing and a sardonic, dystopian…

Into the woods

In Vagant, Tore Engelsen Espedal reviews the political, cultural and moral context of ‘The Forest’, the new issue’s lead topic: ‘The invisible networks, the dead and rotting debris that carpet the forest floor, sustain new growth and values…

Ankara on its own terms

The Turkish poet Yahya Kemal, when asked what he liked most about the country’s new capital, Ankara, reputedly replied: ‘The journey back to Istanbul’. Ankara, with its bureaucrats, academics and generals, has often suffered in comparison…

Beyond Baldwin the icon

Along with Maya Angelou and Angela Davis, James Baldwin has become one of the most quoted authors of the Black Lives Matter movement. A special issue of Ord&Bild poses a simple question, which turns out to have a complex answer: what is…

The artistic liberalism of the Bolsheviks

In NLO, Ewa Bérard explores the plotting and scheming behind the First Russian Art Exhibition held in Berlin in October 1922. Organized to raise funds for the victims of the Russian famine, the exhibition was hailed as a great propaganda…

A chronicler of human complexity

Ord&Bild: The first question is straightforward: what makes the work of James Baldwin relevant today? Cultural, artistic and political perspectives are equally relevant! Douglas Fields: The Irish writer Colm Tóibín wrote a piece in the…

Unruly bodies, outrageous transformations

When no female artists were nominated for the Grand Prix at the renowned Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2016, there was more than just an outcry among fans and artists. When the organizers justified their decision in Le Monde on…

Pick a word

When George W. Bush announced ‘war on terror’ twenty years ago, one could be excused for thinking that the phrase had been picked indiscriminately. If those two pivotal words – ‘war’ and ‘terror’– had been turned over like cards on baize…

The right word

‘A word, and everything is saved. A word, and all is lost.’ André Breton I. Few authors have been as fixated on the power of the word as Gustave Flaubert. His literary programme included an exhortation to always seek out le mot juste – the…

A personal reflection

Irena Vrkljan was born in 1930 in Belgrade into a mixed family of Austrian, Bosnian, Croatian, Slovene and Italian origin. The writer would have perhaps been remembered as a great poet were it not for her slim volume The Silk, the Shears.…