Sweetness and light among shame and confusion. The greatest of all novels is Leo Tolstoy's final novel, Resurrection. Its effect upon a reader is immense and immediate. Even after eight readings of various translations, I continue to feel its spell and admire its complexity.
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Think you follow the news closely? Then here's another little test for you! I'm bringing you five stories from the last week's news coverage. But one of them is actually made up by me. Think you can spot it? Let's go!
Wednesday 21 July 2004
Yukos faced its worst nightmare yesterday when bailiffs for the Russian government announced that they would seize the jewel in its crown - its main oil production unit in Siberia - and sell it for a fraction of its market value to recoup an unpaid tax bill of $3.4bn (£1.83bn).
Saturday 17 July 2004
Speaking from a medieval-looking metal cage in a cramped Moscow courtroom Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russia's richest man, ridiculed the fraud charges against him yesterday in a powerful tour de force that embarrassed the Kremlin.
Sunday 04 July 2004
Sunday 27 June 2004
Thursday 29 April 2004
Tuesday 10 February 2004
Saturday 22 November 2003
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
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