About Rob Normey

Rob Normey is a lawyer who has practised in Edmonton for many years and is a long-standing member of several human rights organizations.

1984 and None Turn Back: Two Timely Novels

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 George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, published less than a year before the English novelist and journalist’s untimely death in 1950, has had extraordinary staying power. Indeed, twice in recent times it has raced up the bestsellers lists, to the Number 1 position at Amazon in 2013 after the “Snowden revelations” about the massive surveillance operations […]

A Long Way From Plato

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 Canada is in the process of following the lead of other nations like Britain and Germany which have committed to pardoning and /or apologizing to large numbers of men who were criminally convicted in past decades for engaging in homosexual acts. The German government has determined that it will pardon 50,000 men and offer some […]

Stalin The Magician

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 I have been organizing a human rights film series for the past year, and leading discussions with the audience after the showing. For one of these discussions, I had with me (through Skype) the distinguished writer Stephen Heighton, and we talked about his novel Every Lost Country, set in Tibet and Nepal. Heighton is a […]

Extraordinary Criminal at the Heart of The Man Without Qualities

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  At our recent meeting of the Who Killed D’Arcy McGee History Club in the hospitable surroundings of the Russian Tea Room in downtown Edmonton we were discussing the early thrillers of Graham Greene, including his short novel The Third Man. Greene had written it after a journey to a bombed and shattered Vienna shortly […]

Stranger Than We Can Imagine

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 Stranger Than We Can Imagine – John Higgs’s intriguing and unique tour of the 20th Century. I recommend to readers trying to make sense of the tumultuous twentieth century a fresh historical take – John Higgs’s Stranger Than We Can Imagine: An Alternative History of the Twentieth Century. Its special quality is the sprightly manner […]


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