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INTERVIEW 46Orhan Pamuk
ÁNGEL GURRÍA-QUINTANA The novelist began 2006 facing prison and ends it a Nobel laureate. Here he discusses the beneﬁts of having both a western and an eastern soul.
MY STORY 52River kings
JAMES FERGUSSON In a secret gorge, I discover what I feared no longer existed—a pool full of leaping salmon.
SPECIAL REPORT 54The biggest bets in the world
HENRY TRICKS Since the glory days of the early 1990s, hedge funds have lost much of their lustre. Yet they remain the most dynamic part of the ﬁnancial world.
COLUMNS 10Out ofmind
ROBERT DRUMMOND &
ALEXANDER LINKLATER Victor’s Brixton psychosis.
TUMBLER The new right-wing Democrats.
TIM KING Le Pen in endorsement crisis.
MANNEKEN PIS Discontent in eastern Europe.
REGULARS 6Letters 8News & curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 13Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 78The generalist DIDYMUS 79The list
70The Shah ofPakistan
PERVEZ HOODBHOY While enjoying American support and largesse, Pakistan’s president Pervez Musharraf has crushed domestic opposition and done little to combat religious extremism.
FICTION 60Testicular cancer vs the behemoth
ADAM MAREK Austin Weaver’s mission is to forget his balls and save his girlfriend from a monster.
REVIEWS 66Laughter and forgiveness
ANDREW BILLEN In Peter Morgan’s domestic-sized dramas, our leaders emerge as fallible, even loveable ﬁgures. But his work is not as reactionary as it seems.
68The DNA computer
PHILIP BALL Scientists are attempting to create an entirely new kind of computer, one based on the building blocks of life.
RACHEL COOKE Robert Hughes embraced 1960s excess, but it was his Jesuit upbringing that made him the critic he is.
MARK COUSINS Film festivals and the lure of glamour.
BEN LEWIS Scotland’s answer to Damien Hirst.
80Between the lines
JASON COWLEY Books and the blogosphere.
Arthur Aughey reviews The Progressive Patriot by Billy Bragg
John Ware on the fall of the Muslim Council of Britain
Joshua Kurlantzick on the US Democrats’ foreign policy
Charles Leadbeaterconsiders the legacy of Ivan Illich
Trevor Dolby charts the phenomenon of celebrity memoirs
THE NEXT ISSUE OF PROSPECT IS PUBLISHED ON 14TH DECEMBER
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