The History of Leith

February 12, 2008

History starts and ends local

The mark of the patriotic citizen is less pride in his or her country than shame when it betrays itself: James Joyce’s “centre of paralysis”; Hugh MacDiarmid’s fear that to stay in Scotland meant, quoting Soren Kierkegaard, “being trampled to death by geese”; the perversion of the past in Orwell’s 1984. for more click here

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