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Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna

LacunaThe Lacuna is an intelligent and engaging piece of historical fiction, and deserves all the praise it has got from the mainstream. But scarcely acknowledged is how far Kingsolver goes in her critique of the hypocrisy of western political culture and her corresponding sympathy for revolutionaries.

  • Written by Feyzi Ismail
  • Category: Book Reviews

Norman Finkelstein, This Time We Went Too Far

Norman FinklesteinPublished just over a year after Israel’s 2008 attack on Gaza and drawing on a wealth of evidence Finkelstein's book is first and foremost a stunning indictment of that attack.

  • Written by Alistair Cartwright
  • Category: Book Reviews

We’re all doomed, and we probably deserve it: Climate change in recent fiction

Solar, in-flight entertainment, after the floodMost mainstream fiction has steered clear of climate change. It has appeared merely as an alternative to nuclear war or pandemic as the cause of the apocalypse in post-apocalyptic fiction, and while the list of non-fiction books on how we should deal with climate change now grows ever-longer, fiction writers have tended to look elsewhere for their topics. That is, until recently.

  • Written by Elaine Graham-Leigh
  • Category: Book Reviews

Another China rising

As a rising labour movement gains strength in China, the reprint of Harold Isaac's classic Marxist history of the Chinese revolution provides both inspiration and a warning from history, writes Chris Nineham

  • Written by Chris Nineham
  • Category: Book Reviews

Crack Capitalism, John Holloway

Crack CapitalismIn Crack Capitalism (Pluto Press 2010) John Holloway offers a model of anti-capitalist resistance that says we shouldn't overthrow capitalism but instead make cracks in the existing system.

  • Written by Alex Snowdon
  • Category: Book Reviews

Hopes and Prospects by Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky's latest exposé of the havoc wreaked by corporate greed and imperialist zeal pierces the façade of "free market" capitalism with almost forensic skill.

  • Written by Dan Poulton
  • Category: Book Reviews

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