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The European Impasse

Susan Watkins

All quiet on the euro front? Seen from Berlin, it looks as though the continent is now under control, after the macro-financial warfare of the last three years. Seen from the besieged parliaments of Athens and Madrid, from the shuttered shops and boarded-up homes in Lisbon and Dublin, the single currency has turned into a monetary choke-lead, forcing a swathe of economies into perpetual recession. More

On Gay Marriage

Terry Castle

The week’s big US story is the legalisation of gay marriage. The cat is finally out of the bag. (Has in fact come out of the bag as a transgendered feline-American with eight small, dialectically engineered digital nipples.) The cow’s jumped over the moon and is getting an awesome mani-pedi before hitting the clubs. The pigs – always fabulous – are redecorating their poke in bright orange and pink mid-century modern. More

Mod v. Trad

Ian Penman

Mod found its foothold in late 1950s Soho with the arrival of the jazz ‘modernists’, who defined themselves in opposition to the reigning gatekeepers of Trad. Modernists were wilfully brittle, stylish, working-class Cains, different in every way from the whoop-it-up trad jazz Abels. Trads embraced a louche, boho scruffiness, where Mods dressed with considered exactness. Trads were British to a fault (real ale, CND, the Goons) while the Mods had a magpie eye for European style, from the Tour de France to the Nouvelle Vague. More

The Real Mo Yan

Nikil Saval

Last year the Swedish Academy gave Mo Yan the Nobel Prize. But this time the literature-politics mix came out all wrong. Rather than taking it as a targeted affront, as it had with the Peace Prize awarded to Liu Xiaobo two years earlier, the Chinese Communist Party was ecstatic. The minister of propaganda wrote to congratulate Mo Yan on a victory that ‘reflects the prosperity and progress of Chinese literature, as well as the increasing national strength and influence of China’. More

London Literature Festival

Also in this issue

In Herne Bay

Brian Dillon:

Short Cuts

Christian Lorentzen

At the Movies

Michael Wood


Subscribers can also read:

Christopher Clark: July, 1914
Charles Tripp: The Muslim Brotherhood
Seamus Perry: Ted Hughes
Gavin Francis: Adrenaline
Christopher Tayler: Tash Aw
Rebecca Solnit: In the Day of the Postman

Events at the London Review Bookshop

Rachel Kushner in conversation with Nina Power
Thursday 22 August at 7 p.m.


Juan Pablo Villalobos in conversation with Stefan Tobler
Friday 6 September at 7 p.m.


Multiples: Adam Thirlwell with Tash Aw, A.S. Byatt, Joe Dunthorne, Adam Foulds, Ma Jian and Francesco Pacifico
Wednesday 11 September at 7 p.m.


Concerning Frank Kermode
Thursday 19 September
at 7 p.m.

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