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The Gentleman’s Marathon

On my attempt to run 26.2 miles, in Pheidippides’ footsteps. – For The Critic

Selassie come home

The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste Canongate, £16.99, pp. 428 . In 1935 the troops of Benito Mussolini’s sinister-clownish Roman Empire II invaded Ethiopia, in large part out of spite for Italy’s embarrassing defeat there 40 years before. Initially largely uncontested – thanks both to emperor Haile Selassie’s desperate faith in international brotherhood and to [...]

Flak Jacket to Dust Jacket

Men at War: What Fiction Tells Us About Conflict, from The Iliad to Catch-22 By Christopher Coker (Hurst 325pp £25) My Life as a Foreign Country By Brian Turner (Jonathan Cape 240pp £16.99) Seamus Heaney once remarked upon the heroes of antiquity that it is ‘not so much their procedures on the page which are [...]

23.10.12 – UPDATE (2)

1800 Home. Open new Iliad edition. Epigraph: ‘For Derek Walcott More Homeric kudos’

23.10.12

0930 Retweet Homeric ‘Rain of blood’ detail (courtesy unknown female) 1100 Rewrite Rupert Brooke one-liner, ref. Danish political TV series 1130 Post arrives, incl. new Johns Hopkins Iliad translation 1315 Stanford’s: 1 x scratch-off gold world map 1400 To barracks for Afghanistan mobilisation briefing