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book image The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914
Burning of the World
Béla Zombory-Moldován
Zombory-Moldován
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Recently discovered among private papers and published here for the first time in any language, this extraordinary reminiscence by a young artist, drafted into the bloody combat of the First World War, is a deeply moving addition to the literature of the terrible conflict that defined the shape of the twentieth century.
Contributors: Peter Zombory-Moldovan

book image Alice James: A Biography
Alice James
Jean Strouse
Strouse
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Alice James grew up in one of the most remarkable of 19th-century American families, and she was groomed to be no less remarkable than her brothers Henry and William. But a succession of poorly diagnosed ailments confined her to her bed for years at a time. Jean Strouse’s Bancroft Prize–winning biography is a portrait of a thwarted life, and a panoramic recreation of the particular intellectual world in which it came to be.
Contributors: Colm Tóibín

book image No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State
No Ordinary Men
Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern
Sifton
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"A convincing argument that theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his often overlooked brother-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi 'deserve to be remembered together' for their courageous resistance to Hitler's Nazi regime….A concise yet powerful contribution to an even larger history."—Kirkus Reviews

book image Love's Work
Love's Work
Gillian Rose
Rose
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Written as the author was dying of cancer, Love’s Work is a personal and philosophical meditation on fallibility and the endurance of love. “A masterpiece of the autobiographer’s art, intense and rationally decorous at the same time.” —Edward Said
Contributors: Michael Wood

book image Hons and Rebels
Hons and Rebels
Jessica Mitford
Mitford
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In Hons and Rebels Jessica Mitford tells about her upbringing, which, she drily remarks, "even for England, in those far-off days of the middle twenties...was not exactly conventional...."
Contributors: Christopher Hitchens

book image The Sun King
Sun King
Nancy Mitford
Mitford
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Nancy Mitford crafts a dazzling double portrait of Louis XIV and Versailles, recreating the daily life of the King, his court, and his ministers during France’s golden age. “Nancy Mitford gives vivid, indeed searching, portraits of the Grand Monarch, and of his awe-struck relations and courtiers.... Readers will wish that her book were twice as long. —Sunday Times
Contributors: Philip Mansel

book image Voltaire in Love
Voltaire in Love
Nancy Mitford
Mitford
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The inimitable Nancy Mitford’s account of Voltaire’s 16-year affair with Émilie du Châtelet—a renowned mathematician and scientist—is a spirited romp in the company of two extraordinary individuals as well as an erudite and gossipy guide to the French Enlightenment. “Voltaire in Love caps [Mitford's] career as the nonpareil popular biographer of that era.”—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
Contributors: Adam Gopnik

book image Frederick the Great
Frederick the Great
Nancy Mitford
Mitford
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While writing Voltaire in Love, Nancy Mitford found herself drawn to the wit and humanity of his often misunderstood patron and friend, Frederick of Prussia. The result was her only biography of a non-French subject, and the one she considered her finest. “Vivid, detailed, and highly personal.”—Kate Williams
Contributors: Liesl Schillinger

book image An Armenian Sketchbook
Armenian Sketchbook
Vasily Grossman
Grossman
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Vasily Grossman wrote not only one of the great Russian novels of the 20th-century (Life and Fate), but also vivid reportage, moving essays, and brilliant travel journals. This account of two months he spent in Armenia in the mid-60s is the most intimate of his works. Suppressed during his life, it is here available in English for the first time.
Contributors: Robert Chandler , Yury Bit-Yunan , Elizabeth Chandler

book image 1941: The Year That Keeps Returning
1941
Slavko Goldstein
Goldstein
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“This perfectly successful combination of childhood memoir and historical analysis has few peers in European writing about the Second World War. All who read it will find their knowledge of the continent extended by Goldsteins’s erudite depiction of Yugoslavia, and their consciences nourished by his humane understanding of the experience of atrocity.”—Timothy Snyder
Contributors: Charles Simic , Michael Gable

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