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By William Boyd

Within the small African republic of Kinjanja, British diplomat Morgan Leafy bumbles seriously via his activity. His love of ladies, his fondness for drink, and his loathing for the rustic end up bold hindrances on his highway to any type of good fortune. but if he turns into an operative in Operation Kingpin and is charged with tracking front runner in Kinjanja's nationwide elections, Morgan senses a chance to accomplish genuine expert popularity and, extra importantly, reassignment.

After he reveals himself being blackmailed, clinically determined with a venereal affliction, making an attempt bribery, and confounded with a lifeless physique, Morgan realizes that little or no goes in accordance with plan.

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96. Jameson, Postmodernism or, the Cultural Logic of Capitalism, p. 94. 28 Jameson, Postmodernism or, the Cultural Logic of Capitalism, p. 15. 29 Harvey, The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism (London: Profile Books, 2010), p. 5. 26 27 What Is It about Numbers? 29 Unfortunately, as it is currently constituted this opposition is fragmented, rudderless, and lacking coherent organization. To some degree this is the consequence of self-inflicted wounds within the labour movement, within the movements that have broadly embraced identity politics, and within all those postmodern intellectual currents that accord, without knowing it, with the white house line that truth is both socially constructed and a mere effect of discourse.

19 For a detailed discussion of George Eliot’s and other writers’ interest in the natural sciences see Gillian Beer’s ‘Translation or Transformation? The Relations of Literature and Science,’ in Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, 44 (1990), pp. 81–99. 20 Collini, ‘Introduction,’ xlv. 17 18 26 Philosophy and Literature in Times of Crisis of what constitutes science, Snow’s denigration of literary intellectuals has certainly influenced political decision makers. Anticipating the contemporary demotion and marginalization of the arts and humanities, Snow accuses literary intellectuals of being the polar opposites of scientists.

The arts and humanities have been charged as the main culprits of uselessness and being useless has almost become a synonym for being creative. The so-called ‘useless’ or creative aspect of both the sciences and the arts resides in their unpredictable, unquantifiable, unfixable and limitless openness to ever new questions, ever new insights, ever new forms of knowledge and discovery. ’5 The first part of this chapter will discuss how from C. P. Snow’s 1959 Rede lecture onwards, the term ‘science’ has increasingly been confused with applied science, professional training and economic benefits.

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