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  • The absurdity of empire in JG Farrell’s The Singapore Grip

    The absurdity of empire in JG Farrell’s The Singapore Grip0

    In 2017, the then British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson paid a visit to the sacred Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar. Approaching the giant Tharawaddy Min bell that hangs in the pavilion, Johnson began muttering lines from Rudyard Kipling’s classic imperial poem The Road to Mandalay: For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they

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