Articles tagged "Revolution"


The City and the Writer: In Cairo with Mohamed Farag

October 2015 Special Series: Egypt   If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing...

Ride of the Valkyries

For Vasco Szinetar The president sits in the backseat of the car and watches confusedly as his wife struggles to climb in. Her clothes are cumbersome, extravagant, even though she dressed in a...

Life Is a Novel

Translator's Note: In Fritz Glockner's Memories of the Underground: A Clandestine Life, Miguel Ángel abandons not only his job but also his wife and five children to join a...

from “Chaabi”

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The Pigs

You have to be away from Italy to see Italy. Or maybe just slightly displaced within its borders—on one of the islands, for example. I was in Favignana a few years ago, and late one afternoon,...

Le Marais

In Things I've Seen, Victor Hugo acts as witness to a good many uprisings in Paris scattered through the reign of Louis Philippe (1830-48). And so he describes the insurrection of May 12, 1839...