Contents


Whispers from the Abyss

The Mandelstam and “Der Nister” Files: An Introduction to Stalin-era Prison and Labor Camp Records by Peter B. Maggs

Arrested Voices: Resurrecting the Disappeared Writers of the Soviet Regime by Vitaly Shentalinsky, translated by John Crowfoot, Introduction by Robert Conquest

Intimacy and Terror: Soviet Diaries of the 1930s edited by Véronique Garros, by Natalia Korenevskaya, by Thomas Lahusen, translated by Carol A. Flath

Only in Amerika

The Bride of Texas by Josef Skvorecky, translated by Káca Polácková Henley

Headed for the Blues: A Memoir by Josef Skvorecky, translated by Káca Polácková Henley

Mexico: Murder Without Justice

Deposition of Raúl Salinas de Gortari published in Epoca

Lessons of the Mexican Peso Crisis Foreign Relations, John C. Whitehead, Chairman, Marie-Josée Kravis, Project Director. Report of an Independent Task Force sponsored by the Council on

The Mexican Shock: Its Meaning for the United States by Jorge G. Castañeda

Bordering on Chaos: Guerrillas, Stockbrokers, Politicians, and Mexico’s Road to Prosperity by Andres Oppenheimer

Marked Man

The Statement by Brian Moore

Memory, the Holocaust, and French Justice: The Bousquet and Touvier Affairs edited by Richard J. Golsan

The Consolation of Theosophy II

The Occult Roots of Nazism: Secret Aryan Cults and Their Influence on Nazi Ideology; The Ariosophists of Austria and Germany, 1890-1935 by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke

The Jung Cult: Origins of a Charismatic Movement by Richard Noll

Remembering Anna O.: A Century of Mystification by Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen, translated by Kirby Olson, in collaboration with Xavier Callahan

Madame Blavatsky’s Baboon: A History of the Mystics, Mediums, and Misfits Who Brought Spiritualism to America by Peter Washington

Degas in the Evening

Degas as a Collector exhibition at the National Gallery, London, through August 26, 1996.. Catalog of the exhibition, by Ann Dumas

Degas: Beyond Impressionism The Art Institute of Chicago, September 30, 1996-January 5, 1997. exhibition at the National Gallery, London, through August 26, 1996;. Catalog of the exhibition, by Richard Kendall

Contributors

Isaiah Berlin (1909–1997) was a political philosopher and historian of ideas. Born in Riga, he moved in 1917 with his family to Petrograd, where he witnessed the Russian Revolution. In 1921 he emigrated to England. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and became a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where he was later appointed Professor of Social and Political Theory. He served as the first president of Wolfson College, Oxford, and as president of the British Academy. His correspondence between 1975 and 1997 will be published in 2015. The third volume of his correspondence, Building: Letters 1960–1975, was published in 2013.

J. M. Coetzee’s novel The Childhood of Jesus was published in March 2013. He is Professor of Literature at the University of Adelaide and in 2003 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Frederick C. Crews is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Follies of the Wise: Dissenting Essays.

James Fenton is a British poet and literary critic. From 1994 until 1999, Fenton was Oxford Professor of Poetry; in 2007 he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

Caroline Fraser ‘s most recent book, Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution, was published in December. (May 2010)

John Gross (1935–2011) was an English editor and critic. From 1974 to 1981, he was editor of The Times Literary Supplement; he also served as senior book editor and critic at The New York Times. His memoir, A Double Thread, was published in 2001.

Alma Guillermoprieto often writes on Latin America in these pages. She lives in Mexico City. (November 2012)

Michael Ignatieff is the Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School and the author of Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics. The article in this issue draws on the Ditchley Foundation Annual Lecture, which he gave in July. (September 2014)

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.

Joseph Kerman is emeritus professor of music at the University of California, Berkeley. He began writing music criticism for The Hudson Review in the 1950s, and is a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books and many other journals. His books include Opera as Drama (1956; new and revised edition 1988), The Beethoven Quartets (1967), Contemplating Music (1986), Concerto Conversations (1999), and The Art of Fugue (2005).

Patricia Storace is the author of Heredity, a book of poems, Dinner with Persephone, a travel memoir about Greece, and Sugar Cane, a children’s book. Her new novel,A Book of Heaven, was published in February 2014. She lives in New York.

Steven Weinberg teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics and the National Medal of Science. His latest book for general readers is Lake Views: This World and the Universe.

Garry Wills holds the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture at Emory.