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Three Sisters, Three Summers in the Greek Countryside
Margarita Liberaki (left) and her daughter, the novelist Margarita Karapanou (right), on the island of Hydra. “That summer we bought big straw hats. Maria’s had cherries around the rim, Infanta’s had forget-me-nots, and mine had poppies as red as fir
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The Soviet Children Who Survived World War II
Over the course of her career, the Nobel Prize–winning writer Svetlana Alexievich has tirelessly chronicled some of the most monumental events of the twentieth century, including World War II, the Chernobyl disaster, and the collapse of the Soviet Un
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The Crane Wife
Original illustration © Daniel Gray-Barnett Ten days after I called off my engagement I was supposed to go on a scientific expedition to study the whooping crane on the gulf coast of Texas. Surely, I will cancel this trip, I thought, as I shopped for