Contents


Native Son

Kak nam obustroit’ Rossiya?’ (‘How Shall We Organize Russia?’) 1990, and Literaturnaya Gazeta, September 19, 1990. by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Laughter in the Dark

New World Avenue and Vicinity by Tadeusz Konwicki, translated by Walter Arndt

Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal, translated by Michael Henry Heim

Helping Verbs of the Heart by Péter Esterházy, translated by Michael Henry Heim

The Poet of Modern Life

Baudelaire by Claude Pichois, translated by Graham Robb

The Parisian Prowler: Le Spleen de Paris, Petits Poèmes en prose by Charles Baudelaire, translated by Edward K. Kaplan

Baudelaire: Collected Essays, 1953–1988 by F.W. Leakey, edited by Eva Jacobs

Welcome Homer!

Homer: The Iliad translated by Robert Fagles, introduction and notes by Bernard Knox

The Iliad for Speaking Steingrabenstrasse 20, 8036 Briebrunntam Ammersee, Germany) translated by Michael Reck

The Odyssey of Homer a new verse translation by Allen Mandelbaum

Contributors

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1945. He is the author of many novels, including The Book of Evidence, The Untouchable, Eclipse, The Sea (winner of the Man Booker Prize), and Ancient Light. As Benjamin Black he has written six crime novels, including Vengeance.

Ian Buruma is currently Paul R. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College. His previous books include Year Zero: A History of 1945, Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents, and Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of its Enemies. He writes frequently for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and the Financial Times. In Spring 2015, NYRB will reissue his book The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Japan and Germany.

Denis Donoghue is University Professor at New York University, where he holds the Henry James Chair of English and American Letters. His works include The Practice of Reading, Words Alone: The Poet T.S. Eliot, and The American Classics.

Margaret Drabble is an English biographer and critic, and the author of seventeen novels, including A Summer Bird Cage, The Millstone, and, most recently, The Sea Lady. A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman: Complete Short Stories appeared in 2011. In 2006 she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Charles Hope was Director of the Warburg Institute, London, from 2001 to 2010. He is the author of Titian.


Murray Kempton (1917-1997) was a columnist for Newsday, as well as a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. His books include Rebellions, Perversities, and Main Events and The Briar Patch, as well as Part of Our Time. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985.