This Week November 23, 2017

Table of contents

POLITICS

David Gallagher – Jonathan C. Brown Cuba’s Revolutionary World

John Bew – Paul Hollander From Benito Mussolini to Hugo Chávez: Intellectuals and a century of political hero worship. Giles Udy Labour and the Gulag: Russia and the seduction of the British Left

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Translating the ‘Odyssey’, Underrated Manhood, Gissing’s paparazzo, etc

LITERATURE & CULTURAL STUDIES

Chloë Houston – Thomas More Utopia. Rutger Bregman Utopia for Realists: And how we can get there; Translated by Elizabeth Manton. William Morris News from Nowhere. Gregory Claeys Dystopia: A natural history

Gerri Kimber – Ernest Bramah What Might Have Been: The story of a social war

Violet Hudson – Richard Jefferies After London: Or, Wild England; Edited by Mark Frost. Sport in the Fields and Woods; Edited by Rebecca Welshman

FICTION

M. John Harrison – The Crisis: A short story from You Should Come with Me Now

Annie McDermott – Ray Loriga Rendición

Stuart Kelly – Nick Harkaway Gnomon

Roz Kaveney – N. K. Jemisin The Fifth Season. The Obelisk Gate. The Stone Sky 

ESSAYS

Claire Lowdon – Adam Gopnik At the Stranger’s Gate: Arrivals in New York

Eric Ormsby – Philip Roth Why Write?: Collected nonfiction 1960–2013

Clifford Thompson – Toni Morrison The Origin of Others

BIOGRAPHY

J. Michael Lennon – Jonathan Eig Ali: A Life

COMMENTARY

Mark Thompson – A farewell to glory: Hemingway and Hugh Dalton on the Italian Front

FREELANCE

Zinovy Zinik – What should I do in Rome?

ARTS

Paul Keegan – Jasper Johns: Something resembling truth (Royal Academy of Arts)

Guy Dammann – Nico Muhly Marnie (English National Opera)

LETTERS & DIARIES

Lindsay Duguid – Patrick Marnham, editor Darling Pol: The letters of Mary Wesley and Eric Siepmann, 1944–1967

Libby Purves – Travis Elborough, editor Our History of the 20th Century: As told in diaries and letters

Alan Taylor – Shaun Bythell The Diary of a Bookseller

HISTORY

Chris Given-Wilson Anthony Goodman Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent: A fourteenth-century princess and her world. Michael Jones The Black Prince 

Nicholas Vincent – Chris Bryant Entitled: A critical history of the British aristocracy

Ysenda Maxtone Graham – Robert Winder The Last Wolf: The hidden springs of Englishness

CULTURAL STUDIES & HISTORY

Emma Tarlo – Elizabeth Bucar Pious Fashion: How Muslim women dress

William Armstrong – Cemil Aydin The Idea of the Muslim World: A global intellectual history

SOCIAL STUDIES

Max Holleran – Göran Therborn Cities of Power: The urban, the national, the popular, and the global. Richard Schragger City Power: Urban governance in a global age

Jerry White – Alan Mayne Slums: The history of a global injustice

IN BRIEF

Gillian Tindall – Albert Turpin The East End: My birthright

Anna Girling – Ben Eastham and Jacques Testard, editors The White Review Anthology

Emily Zobel Marshall – Bryan Wagner The Tar Baby: A global history

Nicholas Hewitt – Jean Giono Melville: A novel; Translated by Paul Eprile

Roger Atwood – James Canton Ancient Wonderings: Journeys into prehistoric Britain

Joseph Hone – Alexander Pope An Essay on Man; Edited by Tom Jones

J. K. Elliott – Robert Knapp The Dawn of Christianity: People and gods in a time of magic and miracles

Ian Thomson – Niccolò Ammaniti Anna; Translated by Jonathan Hunt

MEMOIRS

Terri Apter – Graham Caveney The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness: A memoir of an adolescence

Sophie Hughes – Emma Reyes The Book of Emma Reyes: A memoir in correspondence; Translated by Daniel Alarcón

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Jenny Uglow on Toni Morrison’s Sula (TLS December 19, 1980)

CROSSWORD

NB

J. C. – Digital adventure, Faroese poetry, Incomprehensibility