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Writing as a way of life
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Writing as a way of life

The writer Anthony Burgess (1917-1993) is most remembered in association with just one of his novels and the film version of it: “A clockwork orange”. But he wrote more than sixty books and – the subject matter of “The ink trade”, a constant stream of journalism. Writing was his raison […]

Reading about Wittgenstein
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Reading about Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein was as astonishingly original in his thinking as he was in his personal life and a new publication makes this abundantly and endearingly clear.   Sean Sheehan   A two-volume “Portraits of Wittgenstein” was first published in 1999 but at a price that only libraries could afford. There is […]

Brazilian Indians. Photo Wikimedia Commons
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Brazil: a biography

A big biography – heading towards 800 pages – for a big country, written with elan by Lilia Scwarcz and Heliosa Starling.   Sean Sheehan   The land known today as Brazil came into existence as a commercial enterprise by Portuguese entrepreneurs, beginning in1500. Just like Michael Corleone in The […]