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The Plot Against America

Decades before he ran the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort’s pursuit of foreign cash and shady deals laid the groundwork for the corruption of Washington.<p>I. The Wisdom of Friends<p><b>The clinic permitted Paul Manafort</b> one 10-minute call each day. And each day, he would use it to ring his wife from Arizona, …

Paul Manafort

From Middlemarch to King Richard III: 15 of the best political novels and plays

Fiction and drama hold a mirror to the virtues and vices of an age. Here’s our pick of the best<p>Read the rest of the Observer’s 100 political books series here<p><b>Native Son by</b> Richard Wright (1940)<p>Richard Wright wrote to his friend William Faulkner that black and white Americans were engaged in a “war …

Literature

9 things that zap your confidence - and what to do about them

Handy tips for an instant confidence boost<p>You're getting on with your life when suddenly you have a crisis of confidence and your hopes and dreams …

11 ways to make your life more hygge

Although there is no literal translation, hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) alludes to a feeling of cosy intimacy and contentment. It's all about creating …

Salman Rushdie: ‘A lot of what Trump unleashed was there anyway’

Beginning with the inauguration of Obama and ending with the election of Trump, Rushdie’s latest novel is an intimate portrait of New York. The author talks about the journey from hope to despair and always feeling an outsider<p>The image that came to Salman Rushdie, around which he would build his …

Literature

In Defense of Fanny Price

By Tara Isabella Burton July 10, 2014<p>Books<p>Mansfield Park <i>at two hundred.</i><p>A publicity still of Billie Piper as Fanny Price in a 2007 adaptation of <i>Mansfield Park</i>.<p>Poor Fanny Price. The unabashedly mousy, pathologically virtuous protagonist of <i>Mansfield Park</i>—which turns two hundred this year—is Jane …

Jane Austen and Slavery

<b>by Ibn Warraq</b> (July 2007)<p>Edward Said's most egregious misreading of a literary work concerns Jane Austen's<i>Mansfield</i>Park[1814]. Even before mangling …

Orientalism revisited by Keith Windschuttle

Early in 1998, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney staged an exhibition entitled “Orientalism: From Delacroix to Klee.” It contained 124 …

Native Americans

Mansfield Park shows the dark side of Jane Austen

Ignore its uptight reputation – Mansfield Park, published 200 years ago this month, seethes with sex and explores England’s murkiest corners<p>It has always been a deal-breaker in my relationships. It’s impossible for me to love anyone who doesn’t love (or at least admire) Jane Austen’s least-loved …

Nina Auerbach

<i>Persuasions #2, 1980 Pages 9-11</i><p>JANE AUSTEN’S DANGEROUS CHARM: FEELING AS ONE OUGHT ABOUT FANNY PRICE<p><i>by Nina Auerbach</i><br>Department of English, University …

How One Hundred Years of Solitude Became a Classic

When Gabriel García Márquez’s most famous novel was published 50 years ago, it faced a difficult publishing climate and baffled reviews.<p>In 1967, Sudamericana Press published <i>One Hundred Years of Solitude</i> (<i>Cien años de soledad</i>), a novel written by a little known Colombian author named Gabriel García …

Literature

White Noise is an outsider's look inside small-town Americana

Both Don DeLillo and his novel’s characters see their attachment to a culture of consumption at an ironical distance<p>Don DeLillo is often cited as the Great American novelist, or as the New York Review of Books called him, “the chief shaman of the paranoid school of American fiction”. He himself …

Literature

“It All Comes Together”

<i>In 1979 Barthes was teaching a course at the Collège de France entitled “La Préparation du roman,” lectures translated into English as</i> The …

The Three Siblings Theme in Folk Tales and Fiction

By Apostolos Doxiadis “Once upon a time, a long long time ago, there were three brothers.” So begins the story of my new novel, Three Little Pigs. …

Literature

When People—and Characters—Surprise You

Mary Gaitskill, author of The Mare, explains how a single moment in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina reveals its characters’ hidden selves.<p>We talk about people—friends, lovers, public figures—as though they have consistent, defined personalities. “She’d never do that,” we say, or, “No, that’s not his …

Literature