What the ‘Danish Lawrence’ Learned in Libya
Holmboe’s account of his Libyan adventure made him one of the few Western witnesses to the savagery of the Italian colonial regime’s counter-insurgency campaign, and it became a bestseller in the US and in Europe. Reviewing the book in 1936, George Orwell wrote: “Mussolini’s large body of English worshippers would do well to have a look.”
November 25, 2019
V.S. Naipaul, Poet of the Displaced
If raw nerves made him irascible at times, they also sharpened his vision. He understood people who were culturally dislocated and who tried to find solace in religious or political fantasies that were often borrowed from other places and ineptly mimicked.
August 13, 2018