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Acknowledging Afrikaans

3rd May 2004

Thank you for Rachel Holmes’s excellent review (May) of Dan Sleigh’s Islands. It is rare for the Afrikaans language to be considered in the context of its multi-ethnic history, rather than simply branded the language of oppression. And it is good to see the debunking of the myth that South African fiction has lost its vigour in the new era. Jan van Niekerk Cambridge

The EU’s next big idea

11th May 2004

Following Robert Cottrell (May), if the EU needs a big idea, surely it must be negotiating a productive relationship…

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