Triumph for Realism: Small-'r' or Big-'R'?

Triumph for Realism: Small-'r' or Big-'R'?

I have the utmost respect for Robert Kaplan, one of our greatest travel writers. With his combination of vast historical knowledge, willingness to travel under the most shabby and dangerous conditions, and his acute powers of observation, he is a fitting heir to Sir Richard Francis Burton, Freya Stark, Rebecca West, and other masters of the genre. But I believe he is somewhat offbase in his Financial Times paean to “realism” today.

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