Stephen Schwartz

Literary courtesan

Stephen Schwartz on the Albanian writer Ismail Kadare, winner of the first Man Booker International Prize

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Cultural tourism can be an edgy adventure when promoted by intellectuals, no less than when pursued by ordinary travellers. Backpacking across the Pakistan–Afghanistan border could get a foreigner killed. The tourist mentality inhabiting Western literary circles, however, carries no such fatal risk. Anglo-American critics and publishers foist their taste for exoticism and leftism, exemplified by authors like the Colombian Gabriel Garc