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Birgitte Bjørnøy

The triumph of the cartoon characters

In his usual detailed style, Salman Rushdie investigates what has gone wrong in the United States over the past nine years.

The memories of a radical parliamentary woman

In the shadow of Labor's leadership struggles, Harriet Harman has made life easier for British women.

Being in love with either / or

The Handmaid's Tale affirms the liberal left's worldview, while The Power challenges it.

I Am Not Your Welfare State

The welfare state offers us only small stories, while we long for the big and transcendent. So what do we do?

The dark echo of colonial history

Seen from the Dominican Republic, neither technology nor black magic can avert the climate disaster.

A protection against violence

Viet Thanh Nguyen's short stories are a protest against the dehumanization of ethnic groups. The publication is both contemporary and universal. 

The brain is not alone

Siri Hustvedt goes for a feminist defense of softer metaphors in science.

Against the light of socialism

Nina Björk leads us through the fog of consumer power and identity politics, along with Rosa Luxemburg.

Worse shit, old wrapping 

Ali Smith's Autumn provides a better understanding of Post-Brexit Britain than any political analysis.