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Maya Jaggi

Aminatta Forna: Intimate acts of betrayal

Aminatta Forna tells Maya Jaggi that Africa scares the West, but that there’s as much reason to be scared in Croatia as in Sierra Leone.

Musings of a letters’ man

Widely acknowledged as the greatest ­living Arab poet, the ­Syrian-born Adonis is a fiercely ­independent thinker.

Cairo calling

Alaa Al Aswany, author of <i>The Yacoubian Building</i>, has a new novel,<i> Chicago</i>. He speaks to Maya Jaggi.

The voice of conscience

When Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka visited the Hay Cartagena festival in Colombia earlier this year, in a walled Spanish colonial town on the Caribbean coast, children in the streets instantly thought they recognised the black man with leonine grey hair. But they couldn't decide whether he was Kofi Annan or Don King.

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