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The History Behind the Birthright Citizenship Battle

The 14th Amendment, which declared that African-Americans were citizens, turned 150 earlier this month. But even as it was being commemorated as one of the signal achievements of post-Civil War Reconstruction, its bedrock provisions were colliding with the furious 21st-century debate over immigration. In June, President Trump tweeted that undocumented …

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Irrational Authoritarianism: Ismail Kadare’s “The Traitor’s Niche”

JULY 19, 2018 FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1978, only to be pulled from the shelves in Enver Hoxha’s repressive Albania, Ismail Kadare’s The Traitor’s Niche, recently translated by John Hodgson, immerses the reader in a fictionalized Ottoman Empire, a significant creative locus for the author. With narrative action situated partly in …

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Nordic Noir, in the Horn of Africa

AFTER THE MONSOON By Robert Karjel 404 pp. Harper/HarperCollins Publishers. $26.99. Peter Hoeg’s 1992 publishing sensation, “Smilla’s Sense of Snow,” was America’s gateway drug to a long-term dependency on Nordic noir, suspense novels in which the placid progressive surface — health care, tolerance, bicycles — is routinely shattered by neo-Nazis, …

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