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Re-reading City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett.
La Grande Illusion — Michel Barnier on Brexit, ‘baroque’ Boris and broken promises
]The “Great Illusion” of Barnier’s title, published in French on Thursday and in English in the autumn, is a reference to the book of the same name written more than a century ago by Norman Angell, who said war in Europe had been made improbable by the economic ties between nations — and who was quickly proved wrong by the first world war. Barnier also prefaces the book with the lament of King Lear, who in anguish beats his own head “that let thy folly in/And thy dear judgment out!”.