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    1. Teams of "literary commandos" invaded the Madrid metro on Friday to read short texts out loud to commuters in the Spanish capital as part of World Book Night celebrations. Groups of five readers would enter a carriage and wait until the doors closed before they took turns reading selected texts from works by Spanish playwright Lope De Vega, Czech author Milan Kundera and ancient Greek story ...

    2. PRAGUE - The Czechs, pushed and pulled between East and West over the centuries, have long suffered from an identity crisis. It doesn't help that many foreigners consistently confuse their proud country, the Czech Republic, with its predecessor,...

    3. We are surrounded by time-pieces, clocks and ticking devices. But have we learnt to live in the Now, asks Will Self.

    4. Czechs consider one-word name: Czechia

      Seattle TimesApr 14 07:03 PM

      While the new name does not necessarily resolve the potential confusion with Chechnya, proponents hope Czechia rolls off the tongue in English more easily than Czech Republic.

    5. Nobel Prize-winning author Imre Kertész has died at the age of 86. Benjamin Ivry recalls the author’s identity as a Jewish writer and his pointed criticism of those who wrote about the Holocaust.

    6. An important painter takes the longview of his medium

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      The New StatesmanApr 07 10:08 AM

      It is 400 years since Shakespeare and Cervantes died. Together, they defy boundaries of time, and the conventions that keep street life separate from fantasy.

    8. The Course of Love by Alain de Botton - review

      London Evening StandardApr 21 09:15 AM

      A philosophical novel that does run smooth, says Johanna Thomas-Corr

    9. Why Write in English?

      New York Review of BooksApr 18 07:36 PM

      Writing in another language is successful when there is a genuine, long-term need to switch languages (often accompanied by serious trauma), and when the new linguistic and social context the author is moving in meshes positively with his or her ambitions and talents. But changing languages doesn’t always work.

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