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Minding the gap — or not

Barbara Kingsolver's long-awaited new novel recalls a dangerous era for artists, writes Maya Jaggi.

Everyman’s an alien

Maya Jaggi detects echoes of 9/11 in a story about Chinese totalitarianism.

Cairo calling

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

Arabic writers still fighting for freedom of expression

Maya Jaggi reports from the Cairo book fair on the struggle for freedom of expression.

When East is West

Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk has faced criminal charges and even death threats in his native Turkey, yet he refuses to be disillusioned.

Free spirit

Ben Okri has been described as a 'literary visionary' and 'irritatingly pseudomystical'. His latest novel, <i>Starbook</i>, continues his quest to capture Africa, writes 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.

Fela’s rising son

It took years for Femi Kuti to win over fans of his father, the Afrobeat legend Fela, writes Maya Jaggi.

Revered and yet he remains obscure in the West

Chinua Achebe is revered across continents as a founder of the modern African novel in English, reports Maya Jaggi in London.

Isle of writers

As Athenians sweated to finish the Olympic stadiums, an Orthodox priest on the island of Paros, about three hours away, was intoning over a modest dwelling that may yet crown Greece's cultural Olympiad. He was inaugurating the country's first House of Literature.

Stance of pride

The first black woman to win a Nobel Prize for Literature, Toni Morrison's new novel, <i>Love</i>, explores the changes wrought by the American civil-rights movement and continues her engagement with love and history. Maya Jaggi reports.

Poet on the front line

A cultural icon for black artists since the 1970s, Linton Kwesi Johnson is known as a performer and recording artist as much as a writer, for poetry that blends the bass and rhythm of reggae music with his deep spoken voice. "It's words that I'm about," he says.

Great divides

Review</b>: <i>The Pickup</i> by Nadine Gordimer (David Philip).

Conscience of a nation

Maya Jaggi meets Noam Chomsky, the founding father of linguistic philosophy and tireless scourge of American imperialism.

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