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Edinburgh Alum Film Premiere: Santi

Two years ago, former student Harry Richards left the University of Edinburgh with a Languages degree, a passion for directing and a vision for a film. In the Autumn of 2021, Santi became the fulfilment of his ambition.  On Monday October 31, the short film returned to Edinburgh for its first screening at the university. […]

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EIBF 2022: Abdulrazak Gurnah, ‘Migration, The Story of Our Times’

Though initially intrigued but nonetheless unfamiliar with Abdulrazak Gurnah and his work, I sat mesmerised by the Nobel Prize winner for the hour he had been allotted at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The man, with fifty years of writing behind him along with a career in academia, carried with him none of the pretensions […]

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EIBF 2022: Nadifa Mohamed, For Whom is Justice Served?

For whom was justice served on the 3rd of September, 1952? Not for a soul, Nadifa Mohamed declares in her novel The Fortune Men. Released in 2021, the book focuses on the infamous case surrounding Lily Volpert’s murder in 1952, but in her talk at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Mohamed also reveals its greater […]

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Iran’s Book Market Crisis

The Iranian book market is perishing as US sanctions hit home. Tehran’s nuclear programme has long been contested, and in 2022 the book-lovers of Iran are suffering the cultural consequences of global politics. The “newly” implemented sanctions are a product of Trump’s crackdown in 2018 when the former POTUS made the abrupt decision to leave […]

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Review: Norwegian Wood

Reading Haruki Murakami for the first time, I was surprised by the transparency of his writing. With my ungrounded foundation of beliefs surrounding Japanese literary culture, I had imagined the novel to whisk me away on a journey of ambiguous poetic language, alien proverbs and incredible metaphorical depths. Instead, I quickly realised that Murakami’s first […]

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Culture Literature Waiting for Valentine's

“The Rachel Papers”: Review

With some misfortune I managed to choose to write for the Valentine’s day issue of The Student rather than any other ordinary issue. Not that I particularly disapprove of the celebration of amour, it’s just that I already pre-empt cringing at anything I write on the subject. Nevertheless, here we are. Quite blandly, I have […]

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Culture Literature Waiting for Valentine's

Geoffrey Chaucer and the Legend of Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s day incoming, I turn to Geoffrey Chaucer—a man whose work is loved and hated in equal measure—in search of some clarity on this franchised holiday. The works that spring to mind when contemplating the so-called “father of English literature” are The Canterbury Tales, which have arguably pained the high school reader for decades. […]

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The first week back to a new and very virtual university

After the very long and slow summer of lockdown and restrictions, it is safe to say that most students eagerly anticipated the start of/return to university this autumn. The excitement of classes beginning, however, quickly turned into disappointment and frustration with last Monday’s Learn fiasco. The university-wide crash of the online learning space meant that […]