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Prizewinning translator Deborah Smith on the pleasures and pitfalls of a long-neglected profession
More people are combining passion with profit in search of their dream profession
As technology transforms combat, we are stumbling into a new kind of social contract between those who fight and those who do not
More than ever, we need literature to extend our sympathies. So why are critics so quick to dismiss writers who cross borders?
As Trump and Xi prepare to meet, Gideon Rachman looks at the tests ahead for the world’s most important bilateral relationship
An inflated sense of our own wisdom is making us dumber and less civil. Can the experts bring us back into line?
How growing awareness of other minds, both natural and artificial, is prompting a reassessment of our place in the world
Digital devices have expanded our networks but they are not making us happy. So why are we so enthralled?
Advocates of a universal wage are increasingly citing evidence as well as appealing to ideals. Could their dream become reality?
For critics, the discipline is beset by flawed models, obscure jargon and undeclared ideology — but it doesn’t have to be that way
A century on from Nicholas II’s abdication, Dominic Lieven asks whether democracy was ever likely to take root
We know that xenophobia is on the rise but why has its opposite, ‘philoxenia’, worn so thin in the west?
How long is the present? Why does the passing of the years seem to accelerate? Physics and biology can only get us so far
Why putting yourself in others’ shoes can sometimes be a poor moral guide
John Gapper assesses two books that reveal the sometimes less-than-glittering reality of life with the global elite
Many are torn between enjoying capitalism and decrying it. Julian Baggini considers how to resolve the tension