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Do the beliefs we hold about literature add up to something consistent and coherent? Or are they little more than random pieties? Take two crucial notions I heard repeatedly last year. First, that in a fine work of literature, every word counts, perfection has been achieved, nothing can be moved—a claim I’ve seen made for[…]

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With prices doubling and incomes barely increasing, picking up freelance projects has been a way to secure extra cash, in addition to a steady job. But whether it is due to the flexible working hours, being one’s own boss, or the cash inflow, more and more people in Egypt and around the world are opting[…]

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Sceptre is publishing Benedict Wells’ German bestseller The End of Loneliness in March 2018, marking his English-language debut. The book – Wells’ fourth, albeit his first in the English language, translated by Helen & Kurt Wolff Prize-winning translator Charlotte Collins – is about “how fate and friendships shape a person”, exploring sibling rivalry and “the perennial bonds and ideals of love”. Read the rest of[…]

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