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A mere quarter-century ago, the Berlin Wall opened. Soon after, the Soviet empire fell. Yet much of that cataclysmic history has already faded into kitsch and platitude. Happily, literature can resurrect a reality beyond the scope of official commemorations. Three novels from authors who grew up in the lost world of East Germany - all brought to us in outstanding translations - anchor that obliterated landscape to intimate memories, beliefs and emotions. Fiction can dig the tunnel that takes us under the Wall and back through time.

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It’s been a good week for memoirs (though maybe not for Lena Dunham’s). And for women falconers, though Helen Macdonald is not the first woman to have broached the subject of her Samuel Johnson Prize-winning memoir, H is for Hawk.

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New book shows adorable photos of dogs from the Beagle to the Bullmastiff

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The original Gone Girl: Agatha Christie's mysterious disappearance

In 1926, Agatha Christie mysteriously disappeared, sparking a nationwide hunt and international  notoriety. Could it be that's where the idea for a certain literary sensation came from, asks Catherine Ostler.

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Remembering war through words: essay by playwright and novelist, Neil Bartlett

Remembrance Sunday is always a peculiar day, and often an uncomfortable one. Do you join in with the familiar rituals – the once-a-year poppies, the  ranks of uniforms live from the Albert Hall, the Sunday morning sermons about the “sacrifice” of the “fallen” – or do you give way to your suspicion that the reiteration of all these shibboleths has finally rubbed them clean of any genuine feeling and just avoid the whole thing?  As the recent media tussle over the “Seas of Red” installation at the Tower of London proves – not to mention the thousands of people who are crowding out London’s tube system to try and see it – people have powerfully mixed feelings about what the day now means.

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