Plato Speaks | Caroline Alexander | Granta Magazine

Plato Speaks

Caroline Alexander

‘Photographs showed a wood-panelled room, furnished with a long table spread with a leopard skin.’

I had seen this same room in the pages of the Malawi Daily News, in the days when it was the only newspaper permitted in the country. Photographs showed a wood-panelled room, furnished with a long table spread with a leopard skin. They had not shown the stuffed lion that stood to one side of the doo…


Caroline Alexander

Caroline Alexander was born in 1956. She has a doctorate in Classics from Columbia University, going on to teach Classics in Malawi during the rule of Hastings Banda. A meditation on this time, 'Plato Speaks', appeared in Granta 51. Alexander has also contributed to The New Yorker and National Geographic. She is the author of One Dry Season (1993) and most recently, The War That Killed Achilles (2010).

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