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Puppets dancing on water
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Puppets dancing on water

This water art, linked to the age-old tradition of the rice harvest, represents a special display of Vietnamese culture that reflects the simple, work lifestyle of the Vietnamese.   Duong Bui   Starting from the placing of mobile wooden figures to scare off demons and disasters, the first performances of […]

Mayakovsky: The hooligan communist
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Mayakovsky: The hooligan communist

Reading Volodya, a selection of Vladimir Mayakovsky’s poetry and prose, is a way of sharing the incendiary longing for revolt that fuelled the October Revolution of 1917 and sustained its revolutionary fervour until life was squeezed out of it by Stalin’s repressive regime.   Sean Sheehan   Mayakovsky writes with […]

Memory journeys
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Memory journeys

The most famous memory journey is the one recorded by Proust “In search of lost times” when the narrator dips a madeleine into tea. The taste of the liquid and crumbs from the cake set off a memory journey that anchors his consciousness in the past.   Sean Sheehan   […]