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Joseph Conrad and South America
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Joseph Conrad and South America

He is best known for his story set in the Congo, “Heart of darkness” (helped by “Apocalypse now”, its film adaptation) but his novel set in South America, “Nostromo”, is even more remarkable for its penetrating gaze into the workings of imperialism.   Sean Sheehan   Maya Jasaanoff’s “The dawn […]

Japanese soft power: Manga
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Japanese soft power: Manga

Manga, the Japanese genre of cartoon and comic book, has long held a minority appeal to non-Asians but a new publication, “Mangasia: the definitive guide to Asian comic”, indicates a growing interest in the art form.   Sean Sheehan   Superficial judgements of manga fail to acknowledge its cultural importance […]