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July 2007

Hemingway’s house


This story published in The Guardian (Bell tolls for Hemingway treasures as Cuban house caught in sanctions trap, by Conor Clarke and Ewan MacAskill) includes an audio slideshow: a tour of Hemingway’s house.

Finca Vigia, or Lookout Farm, 10 miles east of Havana, is the place Ernest Hemingway called home from 1939 to 1960, and it is there that the author’s abundant tastes, in literature and in life, are on display. Visitors can see where Hemingway wrote The Old Man and the Sea, where he dined with Errol Flynn and where Ava Gardner was reported to have skinnydipped…

…For the past two years, a group of American organisations has been working to restore the battered house and save the manuscripts and books. But US sanctions against Cuba have hindered the group’s attempts to collaborate with the Cuban government. The Bush administration’s response has been mixed, flitting between acquiescence and obstruction.

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March 2004

Frosted windows

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Frosted windows: 300 years of St Petersburg through western eyes is an exhibition of images from the collection of the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas. Through its glib annotations the exhibition reveals both the place observed, and the place from which it is viewed.


Permanent URL. Use it to bookmark or link to this item.   filed under Russia + Literature + Urban life
March 2003

James Joyce’s Dublin

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As part of his huge, tangled hypertext annotation of James Joyce’s Ulysses, Jorn Barger has made a geographer’s A to Z of Dublin, plotting the novel’s locations and the author’s real life. These pages have a plain ASCI look to them. The notes are terse. But there is information here by the bucket load.


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