Why a referendum on the death penalty might not be as far away as you think, what happens when politicians and judges pass the buck on law-making, why Britain struggles to escape the shadow of hands-off economics and the tricky moral terrain of growing babies outside of the womb. Plus Jacqueline Rose on the violence we ignore a review of Rachel Cusk’s new book
A few weeks before the Pope's January visit, George Walden arrived in Cuba to find that prostitution seems to be the only part of the country's economy which functions. Is Cuba heading for a grand finale?
Gabriel García Márquez is admired in Europe as the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and as a Latin American intellectual who speaks for the downtrodden of his continent, but his full story is more complex
From Gabriel García Márquez to Mario Vargas Llosa, Latin American writers have been celebrated worldwide. But the 1960s "boom" has bust. Richard Gott explains why the Latin American novelist ran out of steam