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« Everything starts with fire »
— Interview with Hélène Cixous
Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist interviews French-Algerian writer and philosopher Hélène Cixous.

Interview
« The hope of future Pan-African socialism »
Jackie Thomae

A group of « skinny Black lads » enroll at Leipzig's Karl Marx University in East Germany. An excerpt from Jackie Thomae's novel Brothers.

Story
Ice queens, sex machines
Fiona Bell

Insofar as erotica can ever be about something, what is Russia-themed erotica about?

Review
The coldest, cleanest water in Europe
Ben Carver

Solitary sailing, and the philosophy thereof: What sort of writing is possible when the mind is at sea and so entirely occupied and swaddled?

Review
Moscow on the Med
Kate Elizabeth Creasey

Two winters in Istanbul. If you are a holder of a Russian passport, there are few places in the Western hemisphere that you can go without a visa.

Essay
The big beige books
Stephan Petermann

The most important unreviewed books of our times, reviewed. On Xi Jinping’s The Governance of China, Volumes I to IV

Review
Schwarzeneggerology
George Blaustein

On Arnold, action cinema & Übermenschlichkeit. « Arnold Schwarzenegger was action cinema’s Adamic man, alternately entering and exiting normal human time. »

Essay
« Ça ira! There will be fire and enthusiasm in you »
Sander Pleij

In search of Anthon van Rappard, Vincent van Gogh’s forgotten friend.

Essay
Photographer, refugee, king
Patrick Doan

A family’s travelogue from Phnom Penh to Paris and back

Photographe, réfugié, roi
Patrick Doan

Carnet de voyage d’une famille entre Phnom Penh et Paris et le retour

Essay
What an animal isn’t
Madeline Gressel

Two vastly different books — one a picaresque tale, the other a dystopian meditation — both recount a transition from human to animal or from animal to human.

Review
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