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A terminally ill woman looks at a self portrait of Rembrandt at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum

Earlier this year, a terminally ill cancer patient requested a last visit to the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum to see a Rembrandt exhibition. A striking image accompanied the news story, of the patient on a gurney, surrounded by staff, face turned towards one of Rembrandt’s final self-portraits, the colour and shade in the photograph reflecting something of the light falling across Rembrandt’s aged face in the painting, and the edges of darkness converging behind him.

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A global scourge: Soldiers and peasants on a coca plantation in the mountains of Colombia

What is cocaine? It is, for one, an addictive drug usually derived from coca, a tropical American plant. It is also, says Roberto Saviano, what our world is made of.

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The art of brooding: a gargoyle in Oxford

Did you lock the back door this morning? Are you replaying that conversation with your boss on endless loop? Is the prospect of booking a summer holiday terrifying? In his new book, Francis O'Gorman, literary critic and professor of English, offers a witty, philosophical meditation on the meaning of worry, where it comes from and how it came to be our constant companion.

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Conflict of interests? British Soldiers with Khassadars of North Waziristan, at Chitral (then Northern India, now Pakistan), circa 1940

"But what does India have to do with this? The Europeans have always been at each other's throats. What difference does it make to us? We're slaves still and always will be..." So the female protagonist of Ismat Chughtai's Urdu novel The Crooked Line responds to news of the invasion of Poland in 1939. Published in 1945, when memories of the war were still raw, the novel records the voices and feelings of the period's liberal intelligentsia.

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All a-flutter: Marbled White Butterfly (Melanargia galathea) resting on a flower

Butterfly collectors have often been seen as the 'creepy janitor' figures of the natural history world, eccentric loners whose compulsive capturing and cataloguing is a shorthand for psychopathy. Frederick Clegg in John Fowles' The Collector, J in Jose Manuel Prieto's Nocturnal Butterflies of the Russian Empire, Ben Parkinson in Carla Lane's Butterflies, the nameless groupie in Paul Weller's song The Butterfly Collector: these are but a few examples from a modern era which, if anything, has been kinder to lepidopterists. Back in the early 19th century, they were so ridiculed that guidebooks warned them to expect jeers should they venture out with their nets in public.

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In the US Grey has reportedly sold 1.1m copies to date across paperback, ebook and audiobook

An online campaign launched yesterday to stress that there is more to British fiction than the Grey phenomenon has received millions of shares in support.

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A style of the mind: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre

There is an old Brussels joke. How do you tell the difference between a British official and a French one? The Briton says: "This idea works fine in theory but will it work in practice?" The Frenchman says: "This idea works fine in practice but will it work in theory?"

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Interpreter needed: Jonathan Sacks says literal readings of religious texts are dangerous

These are difficult times for Jews. Not only, or even especially, for them, of course. It's not a good time to be an Iraqi Christian or a Yazidi in Syria either. But, shade in the areas on a map of the world where simply looking like a Jew is a high or growing risk, and the area is expanding. Parts of some European cities have become danger zones in the space of only a few years. As for most of the Middle East, forget it. It seems incredible now that Baghdad was once home to 140,000 Jews.

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Vivid storytelling: Louis de Bernières

War and romance with an epic sweep is what people expect of Louis de Bernières. It is not, of course, all that he has written but it is what he is most famous for, particularly in Captain Corelli's Mandolin, now marking its 21st birthday, and in his last major novel, Bird Without Wings, of 2004.

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Light reading: night-time in the Capital

If a writer pumps up the volume of a book's ideas or impending events from the very first sentence there's a risk of a subsequent literary burst tyre.

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New York state of mind: the skyline of midtown Manhattan

The title story of Jonathan Lethem's intriguing new collection of short fiction is the bizarrely touching story of an unlikely friendship.

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Stag party: 'Munnu' offers an alternative history of Kashmir

A remarkable and important graphic novel, Munnu offers an alternative history of Indian administered Kashmir, specifically Srinagar, drawing on the author's life to tell the story of Munnu as he grows up to become Sajad.

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Power dressing: Russian President Vladimir Putin

Accepting The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize last month, Jenny Erpenbeck made a thoughtful observation when she said that the English translation of her winning novel, The End of Days, is her book but her translator's words.

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Still relevant: Gregory Peck (left) and Brock Peters (right) in a scene from the 1962 film adaptation of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Last week, I found myself on a privately owned Greek island with no shops, wi-fi, radio or television. Sprawled day after day on a swinging bed under a giant oak tree, I discovered that the book you take to such a remote place (a permanent population of three people, limited electricity, 2,500 olive trees, a yoga shala, some loud owls and a resident dog) is your connection to the less scenic world you’ve left behind.

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Stuck for what the read on your holidays? The Independent's summer books special has the answers

What to read on your recliner this summer? While we await the biggest event publication of the year with Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, in mid-July, along with the controversy it will inevitably ignite, we might refresh our memories of Scout and Atticus with the recently reissued sequel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Or that other big summer excitement, The Girl in a Spider’s Web, the fourth instalment in the Millennium series (though of course not by Stieg Larsson), in August.

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In the limelight: Mosley says he attended S&M parties when the mood took him
His mother was a Mitford, his father a fascist leader – but Max Mosley has forged his own special kind of fame
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Wanderlust: 'Thomas having Haircut' by Thomas Machell
An expert on indigo plants finds her dream date in the form of a long-dead explorer
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Father Joe: Svetlana with Stalin, who signed his letters to her as 'little Papa'
A new biography of Stalin's daughter tells the story of a woman tortured by her past
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Troubled: how much of Auerbach's childhood trauma is sublimated into works like Self-Portrait II (2013)?
A new life of Frank Auerbach uncovers the agonies and ecstasies of a creative genius
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Audacious: the opening scene of 'June' is told from the perspective of Queen Juliana
A royal visit and a past tragedy drive this splendid novel
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Innocent victim: Oli, a 13-year-old from Cornwall, featured in ‘Kids in Crisis?’
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Terminator Genisys: Arnie remains doggedly true to his word as the man who said 'I'll be back', returning once more to protect Sarah Connor in a new instalment

 

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Relocation, relocation: Zawe Ashton travels the pathway to Northampton
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BBC Three was launched a little over five years ago with the slogan: “Three, is a magic number, yes it is.”

BBC Trust agrees to axe channel from TV in favour of digital move

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British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer

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Armie Hammer in the new film of ‘The Lone Ranger’

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Pete Doherty and Carl Barat perform at Glastonbury 2015

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Lionel Richie performs live on the Pyramid stage during the third day of Glastonbury Festival

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The young sea-faring Charles Darwin – seen here in an 1809 portrait – is to be portrayed as an Indiana Jones-style adventurer
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