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York Festival of Ideas
Novelist Maggie Gee looks at how settled ideas of a rich, powerful North and a poor, fecund South are overturned in some contemporary novels, from her The Ice People, a future fiction where the onset of global cooling sends south-north economic migration into reverse, to the destabilising fictions of Hisham Matar and Selma Dabbagh, where the old South/North distinctions no longer work because the characters are in perpetual, restless motion.
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