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book image The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Germany and Japan
Wages of Guilt
Ian Buruma
Buruma
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“Mr. Buruma is a journalist who reports all sides: those of the survivors, the veterans, the politicians, the left-wing pacifists and right-wing nationalists, the judges and the judged. The Wages of Guilt is subtitled ‘Memories of War in Germany and Japan.’ But it is really far more, an exploration of the many and varied ways in which cataclysm has shaped national identity in our century.” —The New York Times

book image The House of Twenty Thousand Books
House of Twenty Thousand Books
Sasha Abramsky
Abramsky
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Journalist Sasha Abramsky chronicles the vanished intellectual world of his grandparents, Chimen and Miriam, and their vast library of socialist literature and works of Jewish history. Abramsky invites readers into his grandparents’ salon, frequented by some of the twentieth century’s greatest writers and thinkers, and tells the story of a fascinating family in an embattled era.

book image Where I'm Reading From: The Changing World of Books
Where I'm Reading From
Tim Parks
Parks
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This collection of thirty-seven interlocking essays ranges across more than four decades of reading to re-examine fundamental assumptions about literature today, from the status of the writer to the ability of fiction to change the world

book image Dreams of Earth and Sky
Dreams of Earth and Sky
Freeman Dyson
Dyson
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Dyson's new collection includes reminiscences, lucid explanations of scientific concepts, and an engagingly imaginative approach to the triumphs, blunders, mysteries, and dreams of scientific inquiry into the natural world.

book image After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction
After the Tall Timber
Renata Adler
Adler
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As a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1963 to 2001, Renata Adler reported on civil rights from Selma; on the war in Biafra, the Six-Day War, and the Vietnam War; on the Nixon impeachment and Congress. She has also written about cultural matters, films, books, politics, and pop music. This first comprehensive gathering of her work shows why she is among the finest American journalists of the last century—and of this one.
Contributors: Michael Wolff

book image Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers
Moral Agents
Edward Mendelson
Mendelson
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One of contemporary America’s leading critics and scholars offers a provocative reassessment of the lives and work of eight influential twentieth-century American writers: Lionel Trilling, Dwight Macdonald, W.H. Auden, William Maxwell, Saul Bellow, Alfred Kazin, Norman Mailer, and Frank O’Hara.

book image Go Figure! New Perspectives on Guston
Go Figure! New Perspectives on Guston
Peter Benson Miller
Miller
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Go Figure!, a lavishly illustrated volume of essays about Philip Guston (1913-1980), considers the late work of Guston who was a friend and contemporary of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. This volume illustrates the enduring power of his work, particularly the fireworks generated by expressive contradictions embodied in his last paintings.
Contributors: Robert Storr

book image Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure
Patrick Leigh Fermor
Artemis Cooper
Cooper
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Now in paperback, Artemis Cooper’s prize-winning biography draws from years of conversations with Patrick Leigh Fermor and his closest friends as well as Leigh Fermor’s own private papers, to which Cooper had unlimited access.

book image Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy
Blackballed
Darryl Pinckney
Pinckney
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Darryl Pinckney's first book in over ten years covers the participation of blacks in US electoral politics, from Reconstruction to the Supreme Court’s recent decision striking down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and what it may mean for the political influence of black voters in future elections.

book image Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War
Theater of Cruelty
Ian Buruma
Buruma
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Many of the filmmakers and artists Ian Buruma covers in his new collection, which focuses on the themes of war, film, and the visual arts, come from Germany and Japan and deal with World War II. What unifies the book is less the question of war itself than the way people deal with violence and cruelty, in the arts and in life.

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