Shaun Randol

Shaun Randol is the founder and editor in chief of The Mantle. He is also an Associate Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York City, and a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the PEN American Center. His personal website is and you can follow him on Twitter @shaunrandol.


  • Thursday, September 24, 2009

    Sex. Violence. Existential crises. Power. Corruption. These themes, and more, are tackled in Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration to the North, a moving portait of post-colonial Sudan in...

  • Tuesday, July 7, 2009

    In his own introduction to The Joke, Kundera claims his book was/is/and will always be, not a farcical portrayal of Czech Communist rule, but a love story. He’s playing us.

  • Monday, July 6, 2009

    With reminders of the horrors of war (what is it good for, really?) tucked away in all corners of our small world, it’s a wonder we can find time to laugh and persevere. ...

  • Friday, June 5, 2009

    At a party before the New York City screening of Che, director Steven Soderbergh said the reason he stretched Che to 257 minutes was because there was just too much story to tell...

  • Wednesday, June 3, 2009

    On completion of Conundrums of Humanity one cannot deny Jonathan Power is a man of passion gathered and honed from a lifetime of worldly experiences. Conundrums, a reflection of...

  • Monday, March 9, 2009

    It is peculiar that a book on the lessons to be gleaned from our foreign policy misadventure in Iraq was published while the conflict still raged. Even now the fighting and dying continues, albeit...

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