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William Dalrymple book launch: Return of a King

When NATO forces leave Afghanistan next year, India, Pakistan and even China could make it a theatre for their own proxy wars and interests, bestselling historian William Dalrymple told a London audience, based on researches for his most recent book. … Continue reading

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Dagestan, Game of Thrones, and a Gorbachev adviser: a Russian afternoon in London

Russia has its own Commonwealth, administered by the Rossotrudnichestvo state agency, with a UK office just off Kensington High Street. Upstairs to the first floor, through a door and a group are registering with a young woman and a laptop. … Continue reading

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The great Central Asian fiction you’ve never heard of: part one

A sunny afternoon, and a surprise in Waterstone’s: the August book of the month is by a Central Asian writer, and from 1957. The crystalline beauty of Chingiz Aitmatov’s┬áJamilia was the first Central Asian fiction I’d read, back in August, … Continue reading

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