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Reading Lolita in Tehran's Azar Nafisi discusses Iran's cultural crisis -- and how the West got it wrong.
How the media both overestimated and underestimated the Green Movement.
Taking a cue from the Soviets, the regime is creating a new Iron Curtain -- online.
To understand the big stories of the last year in Iran, we need better access to the little stories.
FP's translation project: From the Rwandan genocide to Tito's death, from Indian Muslims to Vietnamese Agent Orange victims, and from Israeli communists to Parisian chroniclers of the Vichy years, a selection of works you won't read anywhere else -- at least, not in English.
The slow realization that everything is wrong, told by one of Rwanda's most promising young novelists.
Entries from the journal of a well-connected French economist, written during the Vichy years in Paris.
A great Hebrew novelist tells the tale of a young boy with grandiose -- and confused -- aspirations to join the political sub-classes.
Why people from Shanghai are so crazy, by one of China's great environmental historians.
A young "quota refugee" from Russia adjusts to life in Germany, from pizza to making new friends, in this first novel by a rising German talent.
A mother's struggle with the legacy of Agent Orange, from a Vietnamese journalist's account.
What if you went to Mecca -- and hated it? A story from a Hindi novelist.
A South African essayist considers the ugly history of his native tongue.
What I learned in eight years reading propaganda from inside the Hermit Kingdom.
What does their running battle tell us about the future of European politics?
If the former would-be veep’s memoir is any indication, the answer is no.
As experts attempt to heal the fractured global market, a group of new books on the financial crisis is already offering the first draft of history.
Global escapism is flourishing in the Great Recession.
When a story seems too big or too upsetting for words, sometimes pictures can do the trick. This fall, a wide range of graphic histories will become available on every subject from the life of Trotsky to a journalist's experiences in the Gaza Strip -- beautiful and harrowing books that tell their stories in multiple dimensions.
How the Egyptian literary czar who wants to lead the world's top cultural body got caught up in his own country's rabid anti-Semitism.
Germany’s great skeptic looks back in scorn on 20 years of reunification.
Lithuania is investigating Jewish Holocaust survivors as war criminals -- and using their own memoirs as evidence against them.