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WHEN Sir Salman Rushdie turned in the original manuscript of “Midnight’s Children”, which won both the Booker prize and the James Tait Black Memorial prize in 1981, it contained an additional narrative voice. Luckily his sensible publisher took the view that this picaresque tale of modern India’s birth was complicated enough already, and the superf

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On Politics: A History of Political Philosophy from Herodotus to the Present. By Alan Ryan. Liveright; 1,152 pages; $75. Allen Lane; £40. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

IT IS hard to summon up much enthusiasm for politics these days. In Europe politicians are paralysed in the face of low growth and high unemployment. In the United States they

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OUR policy is not to review books written by our staff, or former staff for at least five years after they have left the paper, or even regular freelance contributors because readers might doubt the independence of such reviews. Some readers, however, have asked what books our journalists have produced. So here is a list of those published in 2012.

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Drama queen rises

LIKE many opera houses across the world, Palermo’s will celebrate the bicentenary of Richard Wagner’s birth next year by staging the “Ring” cycle. The Teatro Massimo believes, however, that it will be unique in Europe, outside the festival theatre in Bayreuth, in offering new productions next year of all four operas that comprise t

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All the world’s his stage

In Two Minds: A Biography of Jonathan Miller . By Kate Bassett. Oberon Books; 464 pages; £20. To be published in America in April; $36. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk 

SIR JONATHAN MILLER is a remarkable man. As one of the great egocentrics of his generation, he would not question this judgment. A famous performer in

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The Book of Genesis: A Biography. By Ronald Hendel. Princeton University Press; 293 pages; $24.95 and £16.95. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

“IN THE beginning, God created the heaven and the earth,” reads the first sentence of the Book of Genesis. Or does it? An equally plausible translation runs: “When God began to create the heavens and the ea

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Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks. By Jenny White. Princeton University Press; 240 pages; $24.95 and £16.95. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk 

WHEN Kemal Ataturk built the Turkish republic on the ashes of the vanquished Ottoman empire, he invented along with it a new persona: the Turk, who would be cleansed of what he regarded as Arab and

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Politics and current affairs

The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era. By Michael Grunwald. Simon & Schuster; 528 pages; $28. Buy from Amazon.com
The most interesting book so far about the first Obama administration and what the president’s $787 billion stimulus package was actually spent on, by an award-winning author and j

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The Heart Broke In. By James Meek. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 401 pages; $28. Canongate; £17.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

THE Dundee-raised writer, James Meek, is best known for his 2005 novel, “The People’s Act of Love”, a calculating tale of cold and castration in outer Siberia. So it is perhaps not surprising that there is something Russ

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