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Culture Briefing— Global

Preface

Culture editor Robert Bound's column on Alan Bennett's play The History of Art, as well as our latest book, film and music reviews.

Art, Books, James Brett, Music, Robert Bound, Tim Hetherington

Books

Graphic novel

Asterios Polyp

David Mazzucchelli

Not for nothin’ did Asterios Polyp become the inaugural winner of the LA Times Book Prize for best graphic novel. A decade in the making, it’s the soulful yet comedic story of an arrogant “paper architect”, a professor who’s never had a design built, and his descent into a metaphorical and literal underworld. It’s pumped full of witty allusions, from Greek mythology to modernist architecture (he’s got a cat named Noguchi). It’s highbrow but highly entertaining.

Non-fiction

Amexica: War along the…

Monocle 24

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