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Teju Cole - Schriftsteller und Fotograf
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Looking sideways at life

“Blind spot” is a book of photographs taken by Teju Cole on his global travels and each of the images is accompanied by text on the facing page. Surprise number one: there is often a disconnect between the pictures and the prose; what you see does not always relate to […]

Fleeing the filth of war
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Fleeing the filth of war

Nuba, wrestler, images: put these three words into an online search and you’ll see George Rodger’s famous black-and-white photograph of a victorious Nuba wrestler being carried through a crowd on the shoulders of his defeated opponent.   Sean Sheehan   It is the best known example of Rodger’s work in […]

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   […]