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In the Critics this week

Barack Obama's rise to power, Central Europe's literary legacy and the life of Syd Barrett.

This week, Adam Thirlwell discusses the abiding legacy of central Europe's literature, while Alec MacGillis peruses New Yorker editor David Remnick's biography of Barack Obama.

Elsewhere, Peter Watts reports from the British Library's new exhibition "Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art", while Jude Rogers is impressed by Rob Chapman's balanced biography of Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett. Ryan Gilbey salutes Lebanon, an innovative new war film from the Middle East and Fisun Guner visits the Victoria and Albert museum for the latest installation from visual art collective Artangel.

Plus, we have columns from our usual award-winning critics: Rachel Cooke on television, Antonia Quirke on Radio and Will Self on food.

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