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  1. November 12, 2013

    Pakistanis will regret marginalising Malala

    It is a sign of the desperate, deplorable times in Pakistan that while the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, recently killed...

  2. June 5, 2013

    Exile: Her feet planted in Somali sand, an English school in her head

    When writer Nadifa Mohamed returned to her Somali home town of Hargeisa in 2010 after 22 years’ absence, it was not her eyes...

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  1. The Millennial Generation 2013

    Part two: voices of a generation. From activists in Egypt to the unemployed in Spain, ...
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  1. May 3, 2013

    Salman Rushdie leads call for China to free dissidents

    A group of prominent writers led by star novelist Salman Rushdie has called on the Chinese government to release dozens of...

  2. April 19, 2013

    Meet Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists

    Granta 123: Best of Young British Novelists 4, edited by John Freeman, Granta, RRP£12.99/$16.99, 400 pages This week, after...

  3. April 15, 2013

    Granta unveils list of top young writers

    Women outnumber men for the first time in an influential list of the best young British novelists compiled by Granta, the...

  4. March 14, 2013

    Folio Society to sponsor world book prize

    The Folio Society was unveiled as the sponsor of the latest literary prize, opening another front in the battle between book...

  5. February 8, 2013

    The Diary: William Dalrymple

    To Jaipur, where I help direct the annual literature festival. Eight years ago I gave a reading in Diggi Palace, a beautiful...

  6. January 31, 2013

    Row erupts in India over free speech curbs

    India likes to boast that it is the world’s largest democracy, but its reputation as an Asian haven of free speech has been...

  7. January 29, 2013

    India casts around for more outrage

    Jaipur’s annual literature festival attracts a youthful crowd, with aspiring authors cramming in alongside throngs of local...

  8. January 23, 2013

    Hindu activists target book festival

    Youth activists of India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party, the country’s main opposition, have threatened to...

  9. September 28, 2012

    Salman Rushdie: open book

    Salman Rushdie is on a mission. His new book is a memoir of his fatwa years and he is eager to talk-talk-talk about it, to...

  10. September 21, 2012

    The stolen years

    Joseph Anton: A Memoir, by Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Cape, £25/Random House, $30, 656 pages Salman Rushdie’s many detractors...

  11. September 14, 2012

    The lessons of Rushdie’s fatwa years

    The affair began with The Satanic Verses going up in flames in Bradford. Western Muslims lit the spark. Ayatollah Ruhollah...

  12. September 7, 2012

    So you want to be an artist …

    Over evening beers many years ago, a housemate unfolded his career plans to me. He was going to remain an estate agent until...

  13. June 8, 2012

    The Diary: Matthew Engel

    It is a wonder that anyone took any notice of the Queen’s diamond jubilee given that it clashed with the 25th anniversary of...

  14. March 13, 2012

    Can We Talk About This?, National Theatre, London

    Even the title of this brave, urgent piece of dance theatre contains several implied interpretations at once. Can we have a...

  15. March 2, 2012

    Small talk: Glenn Patterson

    Born in Belfast in 1961, Glenn Patterson studied creative writing at the University of East Anglia before publishing his...

  16. beyondbrics

    February 6, 2012

    India: chipping away at free speech

    Opponents of free speech in India racked up another victory on Monday when Google acknowledged that it had removed...

  17. February 3, 2012

    Wish you were here

    A Card from Angela Carter, by Susannah Clapp, Bloosmbury, RRP£10, 112 pages Soon after Angela Carter died in 1992 at the age...

  18. January 27, 2012

    The scramble for India

    Thursday was Republic Day in India, and in the spruced-up streets of New Delhi thousands of bandbox-perfect troops in...

  19. January 24, 2012

    Salman and the speech assassins

    Pity the organisers of Jaipur’s literature festival. Theirs should have been a week of highbrow relaxation, rubbing elbows...

  20. January 24, 2012

    Indian festival cancels Rushdie broadcast

    India’s premier literary festival was forced to cancel a video broadcast by author Salman Rushdie, amid fears that angry...

  21. January 20, 2012

    All the rage

    You Can’t Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom, by Nick Cohen, Fourth Estate, RRP£12.99, 224 pages Nick Cohen is...

  22. November 28, 2011

    More than one name but no lack of integrity

    From Mr Stephen Schwartz. Sir, I appreciate the irritation of those who have suffered from internet anonymity and the use of...

  23. November 11, 2011

    Unpacking my library

     Gary Shteyngart Author of: ‘Super Sad True Love Story’ Lives: Manhattan I’m big on sniffing books. The old Soviet ones...

  24. September 23, 2011

    The war on error

    Christopher Hitchens is living in what Philip Gould, the New Labour pollster and author of The Unfinished Revolution,...

  25. July 22, 2011

    Open City

    Early in the history of the modern city, Baudelaire established, with his prose and poems about Paris, the figure of the...

  26. The World

    May 5, 2011

    What to do about Pakistan?

    Salman Rushdie has had a few problems with Islamic extremists in the past. So it is rather bold of him to write an article...

  27. May 1, 2011

    Mixed messages on European unity

    The End of the West: The Once and Future Europe By David Marquand Princeton University Press, $24.95 (£16.95) David Marquand...

  28. October 11, 2010

    Luka and the Fire of Life

    Luka and the Fire of Life, by Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Cape RRP£12.99, 224 pages In Salman Rushdie’s first children’s book,...

  29. September 4, 2010

    Found footage, fiction and some final farewells

    The Found Footage Festival, held annually in San Francisco, shows clips gathered from the corporate and creative dustbins of...

  30. June 14, 2010

    Stinging memoir of a renegade Muslim

    Towards the end of this memoir-cum-polemic, Ayaan Hirsi Ali lists some of those renegade Muslims who are or have been under...

  31. June 13, 2010

    Stinging memoir of a renegade Muslim

    Nomad: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Simon and Schuster, RRP$27, £12.99 Towards...

  32. March 5, 2010

    Ian McEwan's climate-change comedy

    price: £15.19 Nothing annoys the British quite so much as success, and few writers have had as much of it in recent years...

  33. The World

    December 31, 2009

    Remembering Gus Dur

    Abdurrahman Wahid has just died. I knew him a bit during the mid-1990s, when the Suharto regime was still well entrenched...

  34. August 18, 2009

    Modern India is embracing its rich heritage

    From Lord Bruce. Sir, Your correspondent in Delhi, James Lamont, paints a pessimistic picture of the plight of vanishing...

  35. July 24, 2009

    The Black Album

    On paper, this is exactly the sort of play the National Theatre should be staging. On stage, unfortunately, this...

  36. July 23, 2009

    The Black Album, National Theatre, London

    On paper, this is exactly the sort of play the National Theatre should be staging. On stage, unfortunately, this...

  37. May 18, 2009

    Guide - Arts around the world

    St Petersburg Stars of the White Nights The star performers of the Mariinsky Theatre's ballet, opera and symphonic corps...

  38. May 17, 2009

    Arts around the world

    SydneySydney Writers’ Festival The Sydney Writers’ Festival, Sydney’s annual gathering of local and international literary...

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