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September 3, 2008 | Stephen Kinzer, Stephen Kinzer's latest book is "A Thousand Hills: Rwanda's Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It." His 1991 book, "Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua," recounts his experience as the New York Times' bureau chief in Managua.
Abitter political-cultural confrontation that exploded in Nicaragua in late August could mark the final end of the passionate romance between the world's leftist intellectuals and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. Ortega, you may recall, was the leader of the Sandinista National Liberation Front when it seized power after overthrowing the 40-year Somoza family dynasty. A dashing young revolutionary who electrified liberals and leftists around the world, Ortega served as Nicaragua's president for most of the 1980s.
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October 3, 2008 | Carina Chocano, Times Movie Critic
In Fernando Meirelles' land of the blind, the one-eyed man isn't king -- the morally degenerate opportunist is. After a mysterious plague of sightlessness strikes an anonymous city, a shadowy Orwellian government quarantines the afflicted in a decommissioned sanitarium, leaving them to duke it out over an ever-dwindling supply of TV dinners.
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October 10, 1997 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dario Fo, the modern-day Italian jester whose leading roles in his own plays mix linguistic buffoonery with biting left-wing political satire, on Thursday became the first performer to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Revealing its surprise choice, the Swedish Academy said the 71-year-old playwright's prodigious work "emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden."
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March 30, 2005 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
This was supposed to be a glorious season for La Scala, the world's most celebrated opera house, which triumphantly emerged from a three-year, multimillion-dollar renovation to resume its place as the jewel in Europe's musical crown. Instead, three months after its gala re-inauguration, the fabled theater in Milan is awash in labor strife, canceled performances and bitter artistic recriminations. Its immediate future is in jeopardy.
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February 12, 2003 | Merle Rubin, Special to The Times
The great 19th century historian Theodor Mommsen (who in 1902 became the first German to win the Nobel Prize for Literature) had ample opportunity to take the measure of the persistent phenomenon of anti-Semitism. For, by the latter half of the 19th century, European anti-Semitism was not merely a simple prejudice but a self-styled political "philosophy" compounded of racist, nationalist and Social Darwinist mythologies.
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September 2, 2005 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
THE staggering images of Hurricane Katrina's destruction, whether shot from helicopters or with cellphone cameras, suggest a relationship between humans and architecture stripped bare, much as the landscape along the Gulf Coast has been. When hurricanes strike and floodwaters rise, as when an earthquake or a tornado hits, what's crucial in the immediate aftermath is simply shelter in the most basic sense. That effect is common to nearly every significant natural disaster.
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May 15, 2008 | Kenneth Turan, Times Film Critic
When Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles was told that the Festival de Cannes wanted his new film, "Blindness," to open this year's event Wednesday night, he was "surprised, to be honest." Not because of a lack of faith in what he'd done but because of the nature of his accomplishment.
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September 28, 2008 | Lewis Beale, Special to The Times
"Blindness," Nobel Prize-winner Jose Saramago's 1997 allegorical novel about an epidemic of sightlessness that threatens to destroy society, is told in a stream-of-consciousness style that reads like a fever dream. Not exactly "Harry Potter," straight-to-the-big-screen material. Yet, Don McKellar saw in it a screenplay and Fernando Meirelles ("City of God") saw in that screenplay a film he could direct.
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