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“Incredible value – and no one interested in contemporary culture (novels, poetry, plays, films, reputations) should miss this fiery, funny, robustly intelligent commentary on our arts and times.” – William Boyd

“Areté carries a list of contributors which any editor would do hoopla for.” – Irish Times

“Vous m’avez donné un grand plaisir … votre revue m’est très sympathique et proche.” – Milan Kundera

Praise for The Retrospective:

‘Founded in 1999, Arete is a triannual literary magazine exhilaratingly unafraid of its eclectic tastes. The pieces in this selection from its first thirteen years give a good idea of how enjoyably far-ranging its interests are. There’s a radio play by Tom Stoppard; a brilliant, experimental piece on memory by Julian Barnes; and an interview of Steven Pinker by Ian McEwan. A box of abundant treats for the catholic and the curious.’ – Robert Collins, The Sunday Times

‘Everything in here works. It’s as simple as that.’ – Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

Praise for A Scattering:

“A beautiful book… [that] performs the miracle of bringing the dead back to life.” – Adam Newey, The Guardian Review

“Heartbreaking… [they] exemplify the best of what Areté has published.” – Lachlan Mackinnon, The Guardian

DEPUTY EDITOR Ann Pasternak Slater Carmen Callil Caroline Michel
ASSISTANT EDITORS Adam Thirlwell, Claire Lowdon Desmond Clarke Alan Ryan
MARKETING Frances Stonor Saunders Anna Ford Peter Straus
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Areté magazine acknowledges the assistance of the Ronald Duncan foundation, the Jennifer Altman Foundation, the Arts Council of England, and Southern Arts.

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