Contents


The Rogue Genius

Malaparte: Vies et Légendes by Maurizio Serra

Kaputt by Curzio Malaparte, translated from the Italian by Cesare Foligno, with an afterword by Dan Hofstadter

The Skin by Curzio Malaparte, translated from the Italian by David Moore

Energy: Friend or Enemy?

The End of Energy: The Unmaking of America’s Environment, Security, and Independence by Michael J. Graetz

Hidden Costs of Energy: Unpriced Consequences of Energy Production and Use a report by the National Research Council's Committee on Health, Environmental, and Other External Costs and Benefits of Energy Production and Consumption

The Dutch Are Coming!

My Little War by Louis Paul Boon, translated from the Dutch by Paul Vincent

Beyond Sleep by Willem Frederik Hermans, translated from the Dutch by Ina Rilke

Parents Worry by Gerard Reve, translated from the Dutch by Richard Huijing

Silent Extras by Arnon Grunberg. translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett

Wonder by Hugo Klaus, translated from the Dutch by Michael Henry Heim

The Darkroom of Damocles by Willem Frederik Hermans, translated from the Dutch by Ina Rilke

The Jewish Messiah by Arnon Grunberg, translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett

Problemski Hotel by Dimitri Verhulst, translated from the Dutch by David Colmer

The Window Dresser: A Dance Novella by Christiaan Weijts, translated from the Dutch by Brian Doyle

Alexander: How Great?

Alexander the Great by Philip Freeman

The Landmark Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander edited by James Romm, translated from the Greek by Pamela Mensch

Alexander the Great and His Empire: A Short Introduction by Pierre Briant, translated from the French by Amélie Kuhrt

Philip II of Macedonia by Ian Worthington

Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire by James Romm

Contributors

David Albright is founder and President of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, D.C., and the author of Peddling Peril: How the Secret Nuclear Trade Arms America’s Enemies. (October 2011)

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.

Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge. Her Sather Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, were published in June as Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up.
 (October 2014)

Saul Bellow, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976, was the author of seventeen books of fiction. He died in 2005. (November 2011)

Christopher Benfey is Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. He is the author, most recently, of Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay.

 
(October 2014)

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.

Hugh Eakin has reported for The New York Review from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq, and Lebanon. His article on Oman was supported by a grant from the Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund.
 (August 2014)

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.

Jerome Groopman is the Recanati Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Experimental Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has published more than 180 scientific articles, is a staff writer at The New Yorker and, most recently, the coauthor with Pamela Hartzband of Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You.


Joshua Hammer is a former Newsweek bureau chief and correspondent-at-large in Africa and the Middle East. His new book, Taking Timbuktu, will be published next year. His report in this issue was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
 (May 2014)

Stanley Hoffmann is Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor at Harvard. His most recent books are Chaos and Violence: What Globalization, Failed States, and Terrorism Mean for US Foreign Policy and Rousseau and Freedom, coedited with Christie McDonald.


Adam Kirsch’s second collection of poems is Invasions. His new book of essays, Rocket and Lightship, will be published this fall. (September 2014)

Jeff Madrick is Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz ­Rediscovery Government Initiative at the Century Foundation, Editor of Challenge Magazine, and teaches at the Cooper Union. His latest book is Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Econ­omists Damaged America and the World.

Jonathan Mirsky is a historian of China and was formerly the East Asia Editor of The Times of London.
 (July 2014)

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)

William D. Nordhaus is Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale. (March 2012)

Tim Parks is Associate Professor of Literature and Translation at IULM University in Milan and the author of the travelogue Italian Ways. His latest novel is Sex Is Forbidden.


Frank Partnoy is the George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance at the University of San Diego and is author, most recently, of The Match King: Ivar Krueger, The Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals.

Arnold Relman (1923–2014) was Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a contributor of many articles and essays to The New York Review. Marcia Angell is a Senior Lecturer in Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Arnold Relman was her husband.

Ingrid D. Rowland is a professor, based in Rome, at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, she is the author of The Culture of the High Renaissance: Ancients and Moderns in Sixteenth-Century Rome and The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery. She has also published a translation of Vitruvius’ Ten Books of Architecture and a history of Villa Taverna, the US ambassador’s residence in Rome. Her new book is From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town.


Frederick Seidel’s most recent book of poems is Nice Weather. (October 2014)

David Thomson is film critic at The New Republic and has been a frequent contributor to Sight & Sound, Film Comment, The Guardian, and The Independent. He is the author of A Biographical Dictionary of Film and, most recently, The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies. He has also written several novels, including Suspects and Silver Light.

Helen Vendler is the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor in the Department of English at Harvard. Her most recent book is Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries.
 (June 2014)

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.

Stanley Wells is General Editor of the Oxford and Penguin editions of Shakespeare. His most recent book is Shakespeare, Sex, and Love appeared in paperback in July. (August 2012)

Edmund White has written biographies of Jean Genet, Marcel Proust, and Arthur Rimbaud. He has also written several novels; the most recent is Jack Holmes and His Friend: A Novel. He teaches creative writing at Princeton. His latest book, States of Desire Revisited: Travels in Gay America, has just been published.