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    The Art and Political Imprisonment of Ai Weiwei

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    Honor

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    Escalating Anti-Muslim Sentiment in India

    At the time of the partition in 1947, what was once the British colony of India was split, separating the predominantly Hindu Dominion of India (modern-day Republic of India) from the predominantly ...

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    What Storm, What Thunder

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    Haitian Art

    In the back matter of What Storm, What Thunder, author Myriam J. A. Chancy cites paintings by Trinidadian artist LeRoy Clarke (who passed away in July 2021) as a major inspiration for her novel. ...

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    Noor

    Noor's heroine goes by the moniker AO. Though officially this stands for her given name, Anwuli Okwudili, to her it has always meant Artificial Organism; a reflection of the self she has spent years ...

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    The Life Changing Reality of Bionic Limbs

    The protagonist of Nnedi Okorafor's novel Noor has undergone a number of procedures and augmentations to reduce her physical discomfort and improve her standard of living. Born with missing and ...

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    Five Tuesdays in Winter

    Lily King's two recent novels Euphoria and Writers & Lovers could hardly be more different: one has anthropologists doing fieldwork in Papua New Guinea in the 1930s and the other is about a grief-...

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    Contemporary New England Fiction Writers and Their Work

    The stories in Lily King's Five Tuesdays in Winter include settings in Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts, three of the six northeastern states of the USA that are collectively known as New England (the...

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    Never

    Ken Follett's thriller Never outlines a chillingly possible path to World War III. Fifty-year-old Pauline Green is in the third year of her first term as President of the United States when a ...

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    The Republic of Chad

    Much of Ken Follett's novel Never is set in present-day Chad, a landlocked nation located in north-central Africa. Officially known as The Republic of Chad, at 496,000 square miles, the country is the...

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