Lev Myshkin

 

“Nothingwood” by Sonia Kronlund

Arts and Culture

Hollywood! Bollywood! Nollywood! Nothingwood! A gem of a documentary that took the Cannes Film Festival by storm. A wry look at the Afghan film industry through the life and career of Salim Shaheen.

Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man

Arts and Culture

A masterpiece of modern world literature has recently been published by New York Review of Books Classics. The tale of a renegade Brahmin whose dissolute life brings consternation and doubt to his community when he suddenly dies.

Lewis Lapham’s “Age of Folly”

Arts and Culture

A review of Lewis Lapham’s collection of essays tracing the decline in American democracy since 1990 to the present day. It is a vital read from a great literary stylist, humanist and old-school scholar. There is wit, intelligence and a grasp of essentials on every page.

“Memories from Moscow to the Black Sea” by Teffi

Arts and Culture

The writer and satirist “Teffi” was a literary sensation in Russia until war and revolution forced her to leave Russia for ever.

“Tram 83” by Fiston Mwanza Mujila

Features

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut novel, a critique of neocolonialism is taking Africa and the world by storm. His nightmarish jazzy vision is peopled with poets, whores, pimps and post-marxist capitalists.

“Everything is Happening” by Michael Jacobs

Arts and Culture

A posthumously published book by the art historian Michael Jacobs on his long standing obsession, the Velazquez painting, “Las Meninas”, that hangs in the Prado – a painting that has perplexed art historians for two centuries.

Review: Gazdanov’s ‘The Spectre of Alexander Wolf’

Arts and Culture

Pushkin Press has published a priceless gem by the Russian emigré writer Gaito Gazdanov whose own life was about as exciting as this high octane novella. Highly recommended.

Review: “Rising Ground” by Philip Marsden

Arts and Culture

Another excellent book by Philip Marsden. He takes us on a personal tour of Cornwall to discover how its “ritual landscapes” have the power to move us with their magnetism.

Review: Flashboys by Michael Lewis

Economics and Finance

Wall Street is rigged, and best-selling author Michael Lewis tells us how. Rollercoaster style, he recounts how a motley group takes on Wall Street, converting Goldman Sachs to the straight and narrow en route. Incredibly, morality and truth win out. Horrifying and fascinating in equal measure.

Children of the Days

Arts and Culture

Like a medieval Book of Days, each page of Eduardo Galeano’s “Children of the Days” tells an illuminating story inspired by that day of the year, resurrecting the heroes and heroines who have fallen off the historical map but whose lives remind us of our darkest hours and sweetest victories.

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art

Docfilmfest

Docfilmfest

Wanted in Europe

Wanted in Europe