Kazuo Ishiguro in his garden in London.
English author Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. For some weeks now, the bookies have been offering odds on the likely winner. Kenya’s Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o was front runner earlier…
The influence of countries in francophone Africa, like Ivory Coast, have shifted how universities think about the French language.
French is no longer taught as a European language representative of "French" culture in South Africa. New modes of teaching, learning and research speak to an inclusive Africanist agenda.
This year three of his stories are being adapted for viewers.
Humans and computers are collaborating to create a new genre of 'synthetic literature'. But how does it work and can a computer ever really be creative?
Giotto’s Last Judgment in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, inspired by Dante Alighieri’s vision of heaven and hell.
The gates to hell in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy tell us to "abandon all hope, yet who enter here". Despite its unfunny premise, 'La Commedia' ends well, with its protagonist Dante reaching heaven.
Residential school survivor Lorna Standingready is comforted by a fellow survivor during the closing ceremony of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
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"What have we failed to know and at what cost?" An education professor draws upon Indigenous literature to support a personal journey into classroom decolonization.
Which are you?
Margarine has long been mocked as a symbol of poor taste.
Far from grasping at Cold War certainties, Le Carré's Smiley embraces the changing role of the British spy.
Stephen King is the undisputed master of horror but does he get the respect he deserves as a 'real' writer?
Josephine Wilson has won the 2017 Miles Franklin award for her novel Extinctions. Judging panel chair Richard Neville stated Wilson’s novel, “explores ageing, adoption, grief and remorse, empathy and self-centredness…
Terry Pratchett opted to have his crushed by a steamroller.
Why are parents increasingly inserting their child's name into stories?
A controversial book about Nelson Mandela’s last years has been withdrawn.
The contentious book documenting Nelson Mandela’s last days that was pulled of the shelves left many unanswered questions. Judgement must be suspended until it's content is made public.
The Mendi shown here in pre-war days in use as a mail ship.
Courtesy of the John Gribble Collection
What might be the purpose of historical fiction? Perhaps to the humble and subtle to recognise and pay tribute to lives that came before us.
Allied forces wearing gas masks at Ypres, 1917.
The first fully industrialised war prompted many to draw parallels between human society and the insect world.
Arundhati Roy, in 2010.
Author and activist Arundhati Roy proves once again that she is a passionate voice of dissent in a nation that's tilting towards authoritarianism.
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How has Malcolm Lowry's novel stood the test of time?
The novelist's life was marked by the financial industry ... and not always for the best.
It's gritty and gripping in equal measure, but the swords and snowstorm narrative also answers a number of basic human needs.
Mme Soazig de la Moissonniere/Elysee.
Macron's portrait and taste in literature are full of political symbols to be sussed.