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Rumble on the Nile

Rumble on the Nile

Nimeiri in the 1970s

10 August 2015 - Jamal Mahjoub

The first house we lived in after moving to Khartoum had an air of danger to it. There was something there that never felt right. A small rock garden by the entrance held over a dozen types of cactus. Some had big flat leaves, others furry yellow spines that stuck to your fingers and were impossible to remove. We were warned not to play there for fear of scorpions. It could have been a scorpion that killed the duck we kept in the back garden. We liked to think it was a snake after having discovered a sloughed off skin, dessicated and translucent, sitting on top of some dusty packing cases in the disused garage. Our cat staggered in one morning foaming at the mouth with rabies. There were dark corners in that house and it was overshadowed by the ghost of the previous occupant, a man who had managed to electrocute himself by carrying a standing lamp out onto the damp lawn one evening to read by.

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A walk on the wild side

A walk on the wild side

Publishers Tour

26 January 2015 - Tom Müller

Arriving in my hotel room on the Publishers Tour around Flanders and the Netherlands for ten German editors and publishers, I switched on the TV to make myself feel more at home. The Fantastic Mr. Fox was on, Wes Anderson’s great film about three well-equipped farmers’ fight against the chicken-stealing Mr. Fox, which expands into a war between the animal and the human worlds. On the side, the film tells a story about the state of civilisation, about humans on the rampage and behaving like animals, and animals driven out of their natural habitats.

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