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The Honourable Woman

  • July 08, 2014
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I tend to be wary of Western films and dramas about the Middle East.   Too often they tend to reduce Middle Eastern politics to easily digestable and simplistic tropes whose primary purpose is entertainment.

As Jack Sheehan has pointed out in Reel Bad Arabs, Hollywood has a particularly bad record when it comes to dealing with anything Arab or Middle Eastern, with an endless list of films which reproduce racist images or reductionist stereotypes that tell us far more about how America views the Middle East than they do about the Middle East itself.

Such...

Generation War

  • May 11, 2014
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Last night I watched the last part of the German WWII mini-series Generation War.   For those of you that haven’t seen it, the series has provoked strong reactions in Germany and also abroad.   Some German historians have hailed it as an honest and unvarnished account of the war on the Eastern Front, in...

George Orwell’s Grave

George Orwell’s Grave

  • April 30, 2014
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George Orwell is a writer who has had a big influence on my writing, politics,   and even my choice of residence at one time. I’m currently preparing a book proposal about 1984 and the dystopian imagination. So on Saturday I took advantage of a trip to the West Country to visit his grave...

RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • April 18, 2014
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Like millions of people who read his wonderful books, I was sorry to hear that Gabriel García Marquez had ‘ stretched his leg and gone to the other neighborhood’, as the Spanish expression pithily puts it.     I knew that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s, but I didn’t realize he was in poor physical...

My Father’s House: Official Re-Launch!

  • April 09, 2014
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After more than a decade out of print, my 1998 memoir My Father’s House: In Search of a Lost Past officially comes into existence today as a self-published e-book.     It’s available at Amazon, iBooks, Kobo and other outlets at £3.99 ($6.99).     My Father’s House is my most personal book,...

Breaking Bad and the end of the American Dream

  • December 05, 2013
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I’ve finally got to the last episode of Breaking Bad, and I feel not so much bereft as relieved that it’s over.   Not because it wasn’t good.   On the contrary, it’s actually a stunning achievement.     The performances are astonishing throughout.     The writing is sharp and skilful, with an...

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I’m a writer, campaigner and journalist.  My latest book is The Savage Frontier: The Pyrenees in History and the Imagination (New Press/Hurst, 2018).  The Infernal Machine is where I write on politics, history, cinema and other things that interest me.

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