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Tolkien and Zamenhof are two of imaginary languages' most successful proponents – yet their aims were very different.
The film is a powerful reworking of the novel by Japanese novelist Endō Shūsaku.
From the cover of JG Ballard’s ‘Concrete Island’.
A number of novels provide links between risk-assessment, financial speculation, and terrorism. But simultaneously, real life terror in 2016 renders writing about it completely and utterly pointless.
The original scroll on which the Marquis de Sade wrote the draft of ‘The 120 Days of Sodom.’
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Arguably the most obscene and offensive work of fiction ever written is going to be sold in America as a mainstream classic for the first time.
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The Cuban leader even acted as an unofficial editor for the Nobel Prize-winning author.
The famous story of a group of schoolboys trapped on an island is more than a little reminiscent of the real world right now.
The centenary of Natsume Soseki’s death this year is being marked by numerous events, not least his resurrection in robotic form.
One of English poetry’s most recognisable voices has been memorialised in Westminster Abbey.
The oil rig explosion in Deepwater Horizon (2016), a film about the worst oil spill in US history.
The search for oil was once depicted in movies and books as a boys' own adventure. But as films such as Deepwater Horizon show, in an age of anxieties over fossil fuels, oil's story is now a darker one.
The Bad Sex Awards are a reminder of the literary value of discipline and restraint in matters of bonking.
Anita Francis, ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare,’ book sculpture, 2014. By permission of the artist.
For over four centuries, Shakespeare’s plays have been picked apart and reimagined.
Rose and Groote Eylandters Nertichunga, Machana and Nabia, Groote Eylandt, 1941.
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The book Red Professor: the Cold War Life of Fred Rose tells of a progressive anthropologist who was stymied by non-Indigenous people in powerful positions. Sadly, it's a narrative that still resonates today.
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When translating The 120 Days of Sodom, we had a duty to be just as rude, crude, and revolting as Sade.
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All the popular monsters you'll see out trick-or-treating, from Frankenstein to Dracula, were born out of fear and anxiety about change and technology.
Sam Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, on the field prior to a 1984 National League playoff game.
No team in sports has inspired better literature than the hapless Chicago Cubs. The oeuvre includes a little-known tale by W.P. Kinsella: 'The Last Pennant Before Armageddon.'
The newfound celebrity.
Some advice to Man Booker winner Paul Beatty on how to cope with his newfound fame.
Anarchists old and new are populating film and TV a lot at the moment – reflecting the profound anxiety of the times.
What counts as literature? It's less to do with genre than we think.
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It begins and ends with tone, according to the Nigerian writer.
A portrait of Indian poet and musician Rabindranath Tagore.
In 1913, an Indian literary giant named Rabindranath Tagore was the first non-white person to win the literature prize. He wrote over 2,000 songs and, like Dylan's, they still resonate today.