You don’t expect a modern history of Algeria to be a book with a lot of jokes in it. Surprisingly, Algeria: Anger of the Dispossessed by Martin Evans and John Phillips has many. But they are of the blackest variety and quoted by the authors to illustrate the utter terror the Algerian people ‘lived through’ (if they were fortunate) during much of the 1990s when, after the army had moved to stop the Islamic Salvation Front, or FIS, taking power through the ballot box, more than 150,000 people, mostly innocent civilians, were killed.
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'When the language starts functioning as a character in fiction, when it is there drawing attention to itself ... It’s not anything that anybody really takes seriously.'
Our interview with Anthony Burgess from 1983.
'Sabotage became so prevalent that bankers even created their own terms – ‘asymmetric information’, ‘lack of financial literacy’, ‘the principal-agent dilemma’ – to describe how they might turn a dime from customers’ gullibility or ignorance.'
'Unlike much that was extracted from India, these paintings were not plunder, and those who created them were properly remunerated and often received due credit.'
@PParkerWriting on 'Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company'.