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‘The Topeka School’ by Ben Lerner

The American author’s latest novel canvasses the seething hate speech of the burgeoning alt-right and white-boy rap battles in the Midwest

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Agents of chaos: Peter Pomerantsev’s ‘This Is Not Propaganda’

The Russian expat journalist wonders if democracy can survive the internet, as social media is used to promote feelings over facts

Conversion on the way to Damascus by Caravaggio

Damascene subversion: Christos Tsiolkas’s ‘Damascus’

The literary storyteller’s latest novel wrestles with the mythology of Christianity’s founder, Paul the Apostle

Smiley’s return

‘A Legacy of Spies’ brings together two of John le Carré’s greatest characters – but why?

A love of the past

‘Mischka’s War’ is a historian’s honest attempt at preserving both love and objectivity

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Bannon, Trump and ‘Devil’s Bargain’

Joshua Green chronicles Steve Bannon’s rise to prominence – and offers an insight into what he might be capable of now

‘The Force’ stays with you

Don Winslow’s latest novel transcends the New York cop story clichés