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Hisham Matar, winner of the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2016, has won another international literary prize. The Geschwister-Scholl-Preis was initiated in 1980 by the State Association of Bavaria in the Stock Market Society of the German Book Trade and the city of Munich . . .
‘One image of a veiled woman was all net and nose. Then, by laying down carefully pared pieces of onion-skin tissue-paper behind the place where the impression would be made, Brian brought out and made visible the expression of traumatized, envious sympathy the artist had engraved into the wood in her depiction of the woman’s face. It slowly came alive at his touch – though Brian would pass the credit back to the artist who created the picture. I suppose he is right; but his contribution is closer to that of a concert pianist interpreting a score than that of an engineer.’
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