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 the author of many books, including The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Germany and Japan (1995), The Missionary and the Libertine: Love and War in East and West (1996), Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (2006), and Year Zero: A History of 1945 (2013). He is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among other publications. His new book is a ­collection of essays from these pages, Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the ­Shadows of War. His book Year Zero: A History of 1945 is now out in paperback.

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 the author of eighteen novels, including The Needle’s Eye, The Peppered Moth, The Seven Sisters, The Sea Lady, and most recently, The Pure Gold Baby. Among her works of nonfiction are biographies of Arnold Bennett and Angus Wilson. She has edited the fifth and sixth editions of the Oxford Companion to World Literature and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2008.

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.