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The American writer’s stock has slumped in the #MeToo era. But Diana Evans still finds inspiration in his acute depictions of domestic life
Fifty years on from ‘les événements’, writers remember a lost Left Bank — and ask whether Paris can reinvent itself for the 21st century
Amid growing anxiety over new technologies, an effort to recapture the idealism of the 1990s is under way
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A century on from a democratic milestone, Lucy Lethbridge revisits the many-sided struggle for female enfranchisement
Journalist Steve Coll investigates the encounter between the CIA and Pakistan’s ‘Directorate S’
Adam Foulds on the life and work of a writer whose fictional worlds exerted an extraordinary pull on his peers
The discord revealed in Michael Wolff’s exposé is all too plausible. Yet behind it is a story that should worry us much more
As the ANC prepares for leadership elections, a journalistic exposé makes a powerful case against the president
How did a campaign expected to produce huge gains for Britain’s Conservatives end with the party losing its majority?
The emotional lows of the forties and beyond are not so easily explained. Could our obsession with goals be the problem?
An age of innovation is focusing minds on past media revolutions. Could ours be the most far-reaching yet?
Mankind has evolved alongside animals for thousands of years, and yet their inner lives have often been poorly understood
Why the guitar-toting, tight-trousered model of fame is increasingly under threat
As Putin’s embrace of far-right politics extends deep into the west, Kremlin ideology remains riven with contradictions
Michael Ignatieff’s search for the ‘ordinary virtues’ underpinning politics around the world offers little comfort for liberals
From Aristotle to Sebald, literature has lessons for a culture that celebrates happiness above all else
People take centre stage in David Kynaston’s account of a 323-year quest for financial stability
As tensions eased at the turn of the 1990s, the world breathed a collective sigh of relief. But did we learn the lessons?
A study of the building that housed the Bolshevik elite traces a journey from idealism to exhaustion
With ever-rising inequality and the supremacy of a privileged elite class, American-style democracy is under threat
From London-eyed views of the provinces to feverish dystopian tales, novelists make sense of the referendum vote
The Nobel-winner’s account of female Russian soldiers is more than a historical document — it is the stuff of history itself