When his spirits were low, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu would visit his fellow tyrants. A trip to Pyongyang – so the story goes – inspired him to bulldoze his capital. Between 1984 and 1989 a third of the old city, an area of some six square kilometres, was destroyed, and 57,000 families…
Bucharest, Broken City
Podcast: The Legacy of Communism
Listen to Oliver Bullough, Peter Pomerantsev and Philip Ó Ceallaigh at the launch of Granta 134: No Man’s Land discuss the legacy of communism in eastern Europe.
The Decay of Politics
‘Britain has made the control of borders and the free movement of people its central obsession, its fundamental national anxiety.’ Philip Ó Ceallaigh on Brexit.
‘In Hollin Hills, we believed our flatware could change the world.’ Jennifer Kabat on the intersection of modernist architecture and espionage.