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'The whole affair is extremely sad' … Pablo Neruda. Photograph: Laurent Rebours/AP
Author of Guns, Germs and Steel, a new book by Diamond is always going to be a big deal. This one promises to be his most personal yet, based on his years of anthropological field work. Technically it's a 2012 book, but its publication date of the last day of the year makes it a big book for the year ahead.
Sappho: two previously unknown poems indubitably hers, says scholar. Two poems likely from the greatly misunderstood Sappho have been discovered.
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