Contents


Amnesia in Australia

Exiles and Emigrants: Epic Journeys to Australia in the Victorian Era exhibition catalog edited by Patricia Tryon MacDonald

The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes

A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia by Thomas Keneally

The Secret River by Kate Grenville

The Ballad of Desmond Kale by Roger McDonald

The Marsh Birds by Eva Sallis

The Infernal Optimist by Linda Jaivin

How Close to Catastrophe?

The Revenge of Gaia: Earth’s Climate in Crisis and the Fate of Humanity by James Lovelock

China Shifts Gears: Automakers, Oil, Pollution, and Development by Kelly Sims Gallagher

Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry by Travis Bradford

WorldChanging:A User’s Guide for the 21st Century edited by Alex Steffen

Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises edited by Architecture for Humanity

The Jew Hater

Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family, Fatherland and Vichy France by Carmen Callil

The Unfree French: Life Under the Occupation by Richard Vinen

Chinese Shadows

Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang,translated from the Chinese by Karen S. Kingsbury and Eileen Chang

Loud Sparrows: Contemporary Chinese Short-Shorts edited by Aili Mu, Julie Chiu, and Howard Goldblatt

The Banquet Bug by Geling Yan

Love and Revolution: A Novel about Song Qingling and Sun Yat-sen by Ping Lu, translated from the Chinese by Nancy Du

Contributors

David Cole is the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center. He is the author of several books, including The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable (2009), Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror (with Jules Lobel, 2007) and Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism (2003).

David Brion Davis is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale and Director Emeritus of Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. He is the author of Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World.

Martin Filler’s latest book, Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II, has been long-listed for the 2014 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Filler was born in 1948 and received degrees in art history from Columbia University. He has been a contributor to The New York Review of Books since 1985 and his writing on modern architecture has been published in more than thirty journals, magazines, and newspapers in the US, Europe, and Japan. His first collection of New York Review essays, Makers of Modern Architecture, was published in 2007. Filler is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He and his wife, the architectural historian Rosemarie Haag Bletter, live in New York and Southampton.

Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. Her books include Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce. Her new book, Flyover Lives, was published in January 2014.

Sarah Kerr, a longtime contributor to The New York Review, lives near Washington, D.C. (December 2008)

Perry Link is Chancellorial Chair for Teaching Across Disciplines at the University of California at Riverside. He translated China’s Charter 08 manifesto, published in these pages, and recently 
co-edited No Enemies, No Hatred, a collection of essays and poems by Liu Xiaobo. His latest book isAn Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics and he is finishing a translation of the autobiography of the Chinese dissident astrophysicist Fang Lizhi.

Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, and the author of The End of Nature, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and of the forthcoming Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist. He is also the founder of 350.org, the global climate campaign that has been actively involved in the fight against natural gas fracking.

Caroline Moorehead is the author most recently of A Train in Winter, the first volume of her trilogy on resistance in World War II. The second volume, Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France, will be published in October. (June 2014)

Edmund S. Morgan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. His most recent book is The Genuine Article: A Historian Looks at Early America. (June 2011)

Andrew O’Hagan’s new novel, The Illuminations, will be published early next year. (October 2014)

Robert O. Paxton is Mellon Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus at Columbia. His books include Vichy France: Old Guard and New Order, 1940–1944 and, with Michael R. Marrus, Vichy France and the Jews.


Norman Rush was raised in Oakland, California, and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1956. He has been an antiquarian book dealer, a college instructor, and, with his wife Elsa, he lived and worked in Africa from 1978 to 1983. They now reside in Rockland County, New York. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories. Whites, a collection of stories, was published in 1986, and his first novel, Mating, the recipient of the National Book Award, was published in 1991. Mortals is his second novel. A new novel, Subtle Bodies, will be published in September 2013.


Robert M. Solow, Institute Professor Emeritus of Economics at MIT, won the 1987 Nobel Prize in economics. His most recent book is Work and Welfare. (May 2009)

Garry Wills is Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern. His new book, Making Make-Believe Real: Politics as Theater in Shakespeare’s Time, will be published in the summer 2014.