Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

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Book review: Yu Hua's The Seventh Day - grim satire on China's poor

Chinese author's narrator wanders dead for a week and meets others who, like him, can find no peace. It's a device this darkly funny novel uses to explore the chaos of modern China and upturn all that's wrong in country where lust for money and power has trumped common decency.

Chinese author's narrator wanders dead for a week and meets others who, like him, can find no peace. It's a device this darkly funny novel uses to explore the chaos of modern China and upturn all that's wrong in country where lust for money and power has trumped common decency.

17 Apr 2015 - 1:42PM
Author Ha Jin's exile in the US helped him understand the spy protagonist of his latest novel

For US-based author Ha Jin, his exile and the saga of a real-life Chinese spy have given him a deeper understanding of what life is like in the shadows, writes Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore.

For US-based author Ha Jin, his exile and the saga of a real-life Chinese spy have given him a deeper understanding of what life is like in the shadows, writes Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore.

17 Apr 2015 - 1:42PM
Book review: Confrontation, by Alain Badiou and Alain Finkielkraut

Alain Badiou and Alain Finkielkraut are French philosophers with opposing visions. Indeed, their extensive differences are brought together by one thing alone: both are courageous thinkers unafraid to stand up and say what they think despite the prevailing intellectual fashions of the time.

Alain Badiou and Alain Finkielkraut are French philosophers with opposing visions. Indeed, their extensive differences are brought together by one thing alone: both are courageous thinkers unafraid to stand up and say what they think despite the prevailing intellectual fashions of the time.

30 Aug 2014 - 10:12PM
Book review: Controversies, by Alain Badiou and Jean-Claude Milner

In 2000, two of France's most important intellectual thinkers broke off relations.

In 2000, two of France's most important intellectual thinkers broke off relations.

24 Aug 2014 - 10:58AM
Novel explores lives of Beijing's unnoticed street hawkers

When rakish 25-year-old Dunhuang is released from prison, he is assaulted - by a dust devil. The polluted air fills his eyes, nose and mouth with fine grit, forcing him to sneeze and spit.

When rakish 25-year-old Dunhuang is released from prison, he is assaulted - by a dust devil. The polluted air fills his eyes, nose and mouth with fine grit, forcing him to sneeze and spit.

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