History

Separate but unequal

Recent historians of the Arab–Israeli conflict have structured their accounts by switching back and forth between the “competing narratives” of the two main protagonists. The modern history of Israel/Palestine is...

  • Enemies and Neighbours

    Ian Black

Architecture

Colbeck Castle, Jamaica, 2000

Landscape of fear

Cultural imperialism and architecture in the West Indies

  • ARCHITECTURE AND EMPIRE IN JAMAICA

    Louis P. Nelson

Arts

Objects of feeling and substance

The exuberance and drive of this exhibition of British studio pottery will astonish and startle even those familiar with the field – it detonates the ghastly good taste that has...

  • THINGS OF BEAUTY GROWING

    Glen Adamson, Martina Droth, Simon Olding et al

Biography

Walter Pater, 1890s

Renaissance man

The importance of Classics to Walter Pater

  • PATER THE CLASSICIST

    Charles Martindale, Stefano Evangelista and Elizabeth Prettejohn, editors

Biography & Memoirs

The man who did for Mao

In 1932, Malcolm Muggeridge, then based in Moscow for the Manchester Guardian, filed reports of what he had found out about Soviet Russia, from the food shortages and forced labour...

  • SIMON LEYS

    Philippe Paquet

Classics

Well-travelled deities

In a book based on the Sather Classical Lectures delivered at Berkeley in 2013, Robert Parker investigates how the ancient Greeks modified their views of the gods in response to...

  • GREEK GODS ABROAD

    Robert Parker

Commentary

Unforgotten

A war hero can have a long afterlife, but few individual soldiers’ names from the First World War have survived in public memory, and especially not in the public memory...

Fashion

Josephine Baker, Paris, 1925

Mixed-up humanity

Apparel proclaiming the man and woman

  • COSTUME IN PERFORMANCE

    Donatella Barbieri

Fiction

Everybody hates a tourist

Three friends sit in an Irish pub in Hackney, drunkenly retelling each other’s traumatic life events as if they are their own. “Why don’t you tell us about the time...

History

Who caused the war?

In late 1914, the trial took place in Sarajevo of twenty-five men accused of assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire. As the Bosnian Serb...

  • FOLLY AND MALICE

    John Zametica

Literary Criticism

Violent vocation

The voice of the Italian novelist and essayist Natalia Ginzburg comes to us with absolute clarity amid the veils of time and language. Writings from more than half a century...

Literature

Theatrical karaoke

Leigh Hunt said that when you met Dickens his face appeared to contain “the life and soul of fifty human beings”. Novelist, journalist, social campaigner, editor, hypnotist, amateur magician and...

Literature & Poetry

Separate dots

A haphazard group of Europeans leads a mildly pressurized life in a sanatorium high above Geneva. The pressures come from tuberculosis and the woes of history. At an indeterminate time...

  • Zofia Nalkowska
    CHOUCAS
    Translated by Ursula Phillips
    200pp. Northern Illinois University Press. Paperback, $29.95.
    978 0 87580 707 2

NB

Goodbye, Columbia

Todd Gitlin (b. 1943) is a New York intellectual of the old school. He has written a range of books, the subject matter of which is typified by The Sixties:...

Poems

This hair,

that used to be the colour of gold, spun gold my mother said, that no one expected, my only distinguishing feature, gold that grew no matter what I did, and...

Poetry

Melancholy honking

From 1644 until 1911, China was ruled by Manchus, a group from the Northeast whose traditions, religion, culture, language and script were quite distinct from their Han Chinese subjects. Originally...

  • TWO CENTURIES OF MANCHU WOMEN POETS

    Wilt L. Idema, translator

  • CREATING ACROSS CULTURES

    Michelle Vosper

Politics

Votes for sugar

Egypt’s President – once General, now Field Marshal, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi – has earned another title: Mr 97 per cent. In an election held at the end of March, Sisi...

Politics & Social Studies

Salty as the sea

The Venetian Republic hit the apogee of its gastronomic renown in 1574, with the glittering banquets held to honour Henri III. The King was meant to be racing from Poland...

  • Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi
    VENICE
    Recipes lost and found
    272pp. Hardie Grant Books. £25 (US $39.95).
    978 1 74270 773 0

    Laura Zavan
    VENICE
    Cult recipes
    272pp. Murdoch Books. £20.
    978 1 74336 310 2

Religion

Dark and beautiful

It is hard not to see in the title of this thin book a concatenation of nullities. We have a metaphysical concept (evil), a supernumerary pope (Benedict), and a “day...

  • THE MYSTERY OF EVIL

    Giorgio Agamben

Science

Poster commemorating the space flight of Valentina Tereshkova in 1963.

Whitey on the moon

Zaheer Baber on NASA and pressing social movements

  • APOLLO IN THE AGE OF AQUARIUS

    Neil M. Maher

Science & Natural History

Zero humanity

Four decades ago, a young, gay French-Canadian air steward, Gaëtan Dugas, was infected by HIV. Like his North American peers, he continued partying, unaware, enjoying life, and the gay liberation...

  • PATIENT ZERO AND THE MAKING OF THE AIDS EPIDEMIC

    Richard McKay

Social Studies

Back to the future

In September 1933, while crossing Southampton Row in Bloomsbury, the Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard had a eureka moment in which he saw how to (as he put it) “set up...

  • A HISTORY OF THE FUTURE

    Peter J. Bowler

Twenty questions

Twenty Questions with M. John Harrison

If you could make a change to anything you’ve written over the years, what would it be? Graham Greene was right, you just shouldn’t publish your first three novels

Goodbye, Columbia

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April 18, 2018

Todd Gitlin (b. 1943) is a New York intellectual of the old school. He has written a range of books, the subject matter of which is typified by The Sixties:...

Objects of feeling and substance

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April 18, 2018

The exuberance and drive of this exhibition of British studio pottery will astonish and startle even those familiar with the field – it detonates the ghastly good taste that has...

Drift and metamorphosis

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April 18, 2018

In 1929, a revised Map of the World was published in a special Surrealist issue of the Belgian periodical Variétés. Writers and artists from France and Belgium were showcased in...

Violent vocation

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April 18, 2018

The voice of the Italian novelist and essayist Natalia Ginzburg comes to us with absolute clarity amid the veils of time and language. Writings from more than half a century...

Votes for sugar

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April 18, 2018

Egypt’s President – once General, now Field Marshal, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi – has earned another title: Mr 97 per cent. In an election held at the end of March, Sisi...

Everybody hates a tourist

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April 17, 2018

Three friends sit in an Irish pub in Hackney, drunkenly retelling each other’s traumatic life events as if they are their own. “Why don’t you tell us about the time...

Tellers from the tale

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April 17, 2018

The opening episode in Folk powerfully sets the novel’s tone. A group of boys runs through a maze of gorse, hunting for arrows that have been fired into its spiny...

Death drive

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April 17, 2018

The “high concept” literary novel, while deeply embedded in the history of the form, from Robinson Crusoe to Balzac’s Wild Ass’s Skin, perhaps lends itself more readily to the visual...

Someone else’s story

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April 17, 2018

A utopia is a paradise, a dystopia a paradise lost”, wrote Jill Lepore in an article for the New Yorker last year. In two recent dystopias, Leni Zumas’s stunning Red...

Writing from the wings

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April 17, 2018

The practitioner-critic, as advocated by T. S. Eliot, is perhaps rarer now than a century ago. At one time it was considered unremarkable that our finest novelists and poets were...