edited by Robert B. Silvers, with prologues by Ian Buruma
Over the past fifty years, The New York Review of Books has covered virtually every international war, revolution, and event of consequence by dispatching the world’s most brilliant writers to send back eyewitness accounts. The New York Review Abroad not only brings together twenty-seven of the most riveting of these pieces but includes prologues that update and reassess the political situation they describe.
Among the pieces included are: Susan Sontag’s personal narrative of staging Waiting for Godot in war-torn Sarajevo; V.S. Naipaul’s visit to Argentina, which includes a mesmerizing account of the cult of Evita; Ryszard Kapuscinski’s terrifying description of being set on fire while running roadblocks in Nigeria; a fellow dissident’s chilling narrative of Andrei Sakharov and Elena ...More »
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When Patrick Leigh Fermor died in June at the age of ninety-six, it seemed as if an era had come to an end. He was the last of a generation of warrior–travel writers that included the Arabian explorer Wilfred Thesiger, the controversial mystic Laurens van der Post, and the indefatigable Norman Lewis of Naples ‘44. Among these, Leigh Fermor shines with the élan and the effortlessly cultured glow of an apparent golden age. A war hero of polymathic exuberance, brilliant linguistic skills, and an elephantine memory, he was sometimes fancifully compared to Lord Byron or Sir Philip Sidney.More »
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On April 3, 2013 The New York Review and the Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers at the New York Public Library presented a panel discussion celebrating the Review‘s 50th anniversary and discussing the future of literary journalism. This podcast features excerpts from remarks by Ian Buruma, Joseph Lelyveld, Zoë Heller, Alma Guillermoprieto, and Andrew Delbanco.More »