This week, glad to share fine metaphors both written by journalists. Here The Economist pays a suitably eloquent and moving tribute to Vasily Grossman’s writing, capturing perfectly his skill in conveying the granular human effects of people being ground between the vast political and military tectonic plates of history.

‘Again, he resolves the impersonal waves of 20th-century history into brilliant particles of human life.’

See also our bestellar review Grossman’s magisterial Life and Fatepacked with beautiful quotations.

The other journalist’s metaphor is more topical, following the BBC debate among five candidates pitching to be Britain’s next Prime Minister.


Source: ‘Russian literature: Smoke and dust’, The Economist, 8th June 2019, pp. 71-72

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