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Review of Sweeney Todd (Taganka Theatre, Moscow – 28 January 2017)

  I’ve been to a few of musicals in London’s West End, including seeing a slightly bored cast go through the motions of Miss Saigon as an expensive recreation of the Vietnam War went off behind them. Whilst I love … Continue reading

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The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes

For a reasonably slow reader such as myself, it is pleasant being given a 150-page book for my birthday (courtesy of my brother), which I can plough through in just a couple of evenings. It’s the first Julian Barnes book … Continue reading

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The Original of Laura – Vladimir Nabokov

I was very pleased to receive Nabokov’s “the Original of Laura” as a present by some of my trainees after a course, after I had used words and a passage from Speak, Memory as examples of very difficult language, which … Continue reading

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Crabwalk

I cannot say Günter Grass’s short novel was a particularly interesting read. It considered the after-effects on fictional characters in the present day of the real-life sinking of a German ship during the advance of the Red Army through Germany … Continue reading

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Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

A long while ago – maybe in the 1990’s, I heard a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa, starring John Sessions and Siobhan Redmond. I remember it being very funny. More recently, … Continue reading

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Speak, Memory

When reading Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov, I came across a lot of words whose meanings I did not know. A few of these were words I had seen before but could not define, hence the inclusion in this glossary of … Continue reading

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