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James Meek

James Meek

    Heart of the writer
    Heart of the writer
    JM Coetzee's new book Summertime -- shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize -- continues the intimate conversation the Nobel laureate has...
    Look back in anger
    Look back in anger
    Few writers have reputations big enough to warrant a museum dedicated to their life and work after they die, but how many writers get their own...
    Russia's dirty war in Chechnya
    Russia's dirty war in Chechnya
    In the middle of the afternoon of February 5 2000, when outside there were the sounds of boots crunching on snow, screams and scattered bursts of...
    Berlin blues
    Berlin blues
    In Car City, a chic, lavishly funded theme park in the Volkswagen company town of Wolfsburg in Germany, there is a museum, and in that museum,...
    What is Europe?
    What is Europe?
    It was Henry Kissinger who, as United States secretary of state, most famously expressed the non-European diplomat's frustration with the unbearable lightness of Europe's being when he asked: "If I want to call Europe, who do I call?"...
    Ukraine: Bold but bloodless
    Ukraine: Bold but bloodless
    Driving through western Ukraine on a hot spring day in the mid-1990s, I passed an idyllic scene. Scores of Ukrainian army conscripts lay around a...
    Buying into the unreal
    Buying into the unreal
    For no clear reason, an elf woman starts beating the guardian with a sword. Tapping away at the keyboard, I try to explain that I am not, as I...
    The enigma of the Iraq 'liberation'
    The enigma of the Iraq 'liberation'
    Something happened in Baghdad this week, but what exactly? What we know is that somewhere in Saddam Hussein's sprawling former cantonment on the...
    People the law forgot
    People the law forgot
    One summer's day in Cuba in 2002 a 31-year-old Pakistani teacher of English named Abdul Razaq noticed that, two or three cages along from his own,...
    No sniping, no mortars, no sign of Republican guards
    No sniping, no mortars, no sign of Republican guards
    The first American pontoon raft slid into the river Tigris with a slosh and a clatter on Wednesday April 2, and young Iraqi men watched from both...
    Iceland's Decode bubble bursts
    Iceland's Decode bubble bursts
    Before the cyclist hit him in 1996, Hinrik Jonsson was a strong, skilled, energetic craftsman, a 35-year-old with a young family, whose hand-made...
    War on the tsetse
    War on the tsetse
    One evening a small column of white, four-wheel drive cars passed through the villages of the Great Rift Valley in southern Ethiopia, in a...