Month: October 2013

Norman Geras Obituary

Over at Overland, I wrote an obituary of Norman Geras.

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Victor Serge’s Diary

New Left Review recently published selections of Victor Serge’s diary. Serge was, of course, the only one to come out of the Russian Revolution looking spotless, partly because he wasn’t in the highest positions of power, one suspects, though he was certainly courageous enough and ended up in Lubyanka prison waiting to be shot by […]

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Tallinn

In October, the Old City seems deserted. Entire streets empty, only stray tourists – who must overwhelm the city in summer – drifting around, wandering into the restaurants at night. If it’s like any city, perhaps it’s Prague. Tallinn mostly avoided the destruction that ruined Warsaw and Brest-Litovsk, because during the Second World War, the […]

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Finland in the Autumn

I went walking on a brisk, autumn day. The temperature was about 10 degrees, the light translucent, the greens turning to gold. One of the old houses, grand and pretty, on the south side of the city. Near the river, but close to lake lies an old shed, moss embedded in its roof. The lake, […]

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Interviews with Speculators: Mark Barnes

Mark Barnes released his first novel, Garden of Stones earlier this year. The novel is a dense and baroque fantasy that reads like no other. The reader finds themselves thrown into a world, people and events swirling around them. Barnes himself is a personality. You know he’s in the room, not only because of his […]

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Unwrapped Sky: Illustration number 3

The final illustration comes from Katie Small. Here the city is fantastic, as is Kata. there’s no movement, but there’s a sense of reflection and maybe even longing here. This is some people’s favourite, I’m guessing, from the comments on the original Tor post. I love it too.

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