Books
21 May 2007
In the dying days of the Second World War, an asylum in a sleepy South Walian market town held a secret celebrity...
Politics
21 August 2006
When the German Democratic Republic was officially dissolved, in October 1990, a piece of my teenage heart went with it...
Books
01 May 2006
Andreï Makine has come a long way since his spell sleeping rough in graveyards. After defecting from the Soviet Union...
Culture
10 April 2006
Very cold, Stuttgart. In winter at least. Standing on the doorstep of a house that looks like a conglomeration of...
Ideas
16 January 2006
The flickering, monochrome film shows an elderly gentleman with a snow-white beard chatting to a friend in an enormous...
Culture
26 September 2005
The English language harbours countless words of French origin. "Refugee" is just one of them. It crossed the Channel...
Culture
29 August 2005
In the heart of Berlin, bang in the middle of a cluster of historic buildings, stands the empty shell of the Palast der...
Culture
08 August 2005
In gallery number 214 of the State Hermitage Museum, in the city once more known as St Petersburg, a young woman is...
Books
27 June 2005
The wistful photograph of AndreI Makine on the dust jacket of The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme, the latest of his...
Film
11 April 2005
You'd be forgiven for walking past without noticing. The Potemkin Steps, signature monument of the mighty Ukrainian...