PARADISE Abdulrazak Gurnah’s East African World of Dreams, Nightmares, and Rude Awakenings

The winner of the Nobel Price in Literature 2021 takes us in Paradise to an intricately stratified East African society at the turn of the twentieth century. Laying bare an increasingly inexorable European domination, the already existing complex power relations are experienced through the eyes of a child. His transformation into a man will go hand in hand with his awareness of being “the other” and the radical change in his environment.

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LADY IN BLACK Tolstoy, Anna, and the Unveiling Power of the Color Black

Seductively fateful: A short read of Ana Karenina explains with great simplicity the quintessential notion of true style. Fashion, particularly the color black, plays the main role in this revelation.

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