Heroines of the Haitian Revolution

By Laurent Dubois

What is the role of an artist in the face of political repression? What is the place of culture in the midst of injustice and terror? Haitian writer Marie Vieux-Chauvet ...

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On Our Nightstands: April 2017

By The Editorial Staff

Here at Public Books, our editorial staff and contributors are hard at work to provide readers with thought-provoking articles. But when the workday is done, what is actually on our nightstands?

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Signs of Bombay

By Ellis Avery & Sharon Marcus

In December 2016, Public Books Editor in Chief Sharon Marcus spent a few days in Mumbai, participating in the Times of India Literary Festival and walking around the city. Mumbai, also known as ...

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The Spirit of Black Modernism

By Judith Weisenfeld

When predictions about the 2017 Oscars began to emerge in early 2016, many people placed bets on Nate Parker’s Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury ...

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Rachel Cusk’s Disappearing Act

By Molly Murray

In 2001, after a decade or so as the author of well-regarded, modest-prize-winning fiction, Rachel Cusk began to develop into a kind of memoirist provocateur ...

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Modiano’s Memoryscapes

By Debarati Sanyal

Patrick Modiano’s reputation as a writer of wartime Paris was sealed in 2014 by the Nobel Prize, which recognized him “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies ...”

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The Piketty Effect: Part 1

By Erik Olin Wright & Nicolas Frémeaux

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century was published in English to instant best-seller status and wide acclaim and debate. In the United States, his author appearances drew enormous audiences...

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