JAMES FENTON was born in Lincoln and educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. He has worked as political journalist, drama critic, book reviewer, war correspondent, foreign correspondent and columnist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a columnist for the Guardian. He lives in England.
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Kwangju and After
‘Some people said they were not 'with' the students. They were not in favour of the use of arms. But they were of one voice in saying that the students were their sons, and that if the army came in the students would be put to death. That was why they kept saying: “Tell the truth about us.”’
The Snap Revolution (Part Two: The Narrow Road to the Solid North)
'Most of his life has been spent under Marcos's rule, and his habit of thought was to doubt the story as presented in, say, the newspaper, and to try to guess the story behind the story.'
The Snap Revolution (Part Three: The Snap Revolution)
'Late that night Marcos came on the television again, and whereas in the previous press conference he had maintained a gelid calm, now he was angry and almost out of control.'