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Postmodern city

I was sitting on the train in Clapham station, and had a moment of epiphany, not religious revelation but an urban realisation.   Steve Latham   I turned from the shopping centre to the south, and looking northwards, through the grey misty drizzle, I saw a series of towers, rising […]

Life & death in the gulag
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Life & death in the gulag

Varlam Shalamov (1907-1982) was first arrested in Moscow at an underground printshop in 1929 and sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. In 1937 he was arrested again for counterrevolutionary activities and sent to the Kolyma region in the Russian Far East.   Sean Sheehan   He spent the next fifteen years […]

Sex famine
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Sex famine

We are used to cultural conservatives bemoaning the ‘hook up culture’. Usually it’s also older people criticising the young, for enjoying pleasures they can no longer experience.   Steve Latham   The accusations are familiar: more promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases, using social media like Tinder and Grindr for casual sex, […]

Slovenija, Ljubljana, 19.06.2009, Hrvaska Pisateljica - Dasa Drnic. Foto:Mavric Pivk/Delo
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Vestiges of other lives

The narrator of “Belladonna”, Andreas Ban, has recently retired. He worked for years as a clinical psychologist at a university hospital in Belgrade but, as a Croat, the breakup of Yugoslavia imperilled his existence in the city.   Sean Sheehan   He takes up a post in a provincial university […]