Armenia

Robert Fisk: Turkey's long road to reconciliation

Just for a moment, put aside the current Franco-Turkish war over the 20th century's first Holocaust – of the Armenians – and remember that Nicolas Sarkozy's electoral venality (500,000 French-Armenian voters want to hear him tell the truth) and Turkish nationalism (which feeds on holocaust denial) make a bad cocktail.

Album: The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble, Music of Georges I

The music for piano written in the 1920s by the exotic guru-figure Gurdjieff and his pupil, the Russian modernist-composer Thomas de Hartmann is returned to the east from whence it came in these startling new arrangements for an orchestra of folk instruments by fellow Armenian Levon Eskenian.

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Elena Bonner: Soviet dissident and human rights activist who

Born in Merv, Central Asia, in 1923, a wartime nurse and physician by profession, Elena Bonner was known internationally as a human rights activist in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and the wife of Andrei Sakharov, the most prestigious and influential of dissidents.

Bar Balto, By Faïza Guène, trans. Sarah Ardizzone

One frequently-used metaphor for translation describes it as a sophisticated kind of ventriloquism – fooling you into thinking you're hearing one person's voice, while it's the voice of some invisible other. For a superlative example of translator-as-ventriloquist, discover Sarah Ardizzone and her work on the young French writer Faïza Guène. In this, their third collaboration, Ardizzone isn't merely performing the usual translator's trick of standing in the shadows and rendering an English-language voice – she's throwing 11 voices at once.