A Spotlight on Culture

Through reviews and longer articles, ArteFact keeps a finger on the pulse of how our culture is reflecting on itself.

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An Unusual War Story

Clare Kipps, Sold for a Farthing (Frederick Muller, 1953).

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Reminiscence in the Work of Kazuo Ishiguro

Looking back is a notoriously tricky business. Memories can entrap us, or themselves become distorted in our attempts to curate the past. In many ways, Kazuo Ishiguro's oeuvre is a study of human memory--falsified, true and otherwise. Writer Michalina Ratajczak traces the theme as it is woven into three of his novels, including his most recent, The Buried Giant.

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Truth and Terroir in Shūsaku Endō's Silence

In his acclaimed novel Silence, Shūsaku Endō questions the viability of the tree of Hellenized Christianity taking root in the “mud swamp” of Japan. What was once hospitable, fertile ground for the seed planted by St. Francis Xavier, becomes the land of a hunted and persecuted Christianity, as depicted in the story of two missionary priests and the community in their care.

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The Last Word on Silence

As the Oscars pass Scorsese by, Mark Thomas thinks he knows why.

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The Impact of Conjugal Love

Suzanne Wolfe, The Confessions of X (Thomas Nelson, 2016).

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Table Matters: On St. Thomas, Tolkien and Babette's Feast

Father Samuel Fontana reflects on how the pleasure of eating together engenders gratitude and builds community.

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A Modern Morality Tale

Lois Lowry, The Giver (Houghton Mifflin,1993; Ember Books, 2006)

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An Extraordinary Tale of Ordinary People

Willa Cather, Shadows on the Rock (Vintage Classics, 1931)

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Factual Fiction

Sono Ayako, Miracles: A Novel, translated by Kevin Doak (MerwinAsia, 2016)

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Unpacking a Timeless Tale

Anna Maria Mendell, The Golden Princess and the Moon (Angelico, 2016).