Updike by Adam Begley
The Collected Stories: Collected Early Stories, Collected Later Stories by John Updike, edited by Christopher Carduff
The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World by George Prochnik
The Grand Budapest Hotel a film directed by Wes Anderson
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer
The Catholic Rubens: Saints and Martyrs by Willibald Sauerländer, translated from the German by David Dollenmayer
Biology’s Brave New World: The Promise and Perils of the Synbio Revolution by Laurie Garrett
The Principles for the Oversight of Synthetic Biology by the Friends of the Earth US, the International Center for Technology Assessment, and the ETC Group
Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade by Walter Kirn
The Contest of the Century: The New Era of Competition with China—and How America Can Win by Geoff Dyer
Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China by Stephen Roach
China Goes Global: The Partial Power by David Shambaugh
China Story Yearbook 2013: Civilising China edited by Geremie R. Barmé and Jeremy Goldkorn
Local Souls by Allan Gurganus
FDR and the Jews by Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman
FDR and the Holocaust: A Breach of Faith by Rafael Medoff
The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates
Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates
The World According to Dick Cheney a film directed by R.J. Cutler and Greg Finton
In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir by Dick Cheney, with Liz Cheney
Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency by Barton Gellman
500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars by Kurt Eichenwald
Mark Danner is Chancellor’s Professor of English and Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley and James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard. His most recent book is Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War. His work can be found at www .markdanner.com. (March 2017)
Wendy Doniger is Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago and the author of The Hindus: An Alternative History, On Hinduism, and, most recently, the volume on Hinduism in The Norton Anthology of World Religions.
Peter France is Professor Emeritus of French at the University of Edinburgh and the editor of The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French. The poem in the May 8, 2014 issue is included in Poems of Osip Mandelstam, translated and with a foreword by Peter France, to be published by New Directions in June 2014. (May 2014)
Ian Johnson reports from Beijing and Berlin. His new book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, was published in April. He received the 2016 Shorenstein Journalism Award. (October 2017)
Paul Krugman is a columnist for The New York Times and Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2008. (July 2016)
David Lehman’s new book of poems, his sixth, is When a Woman Loves a Man. He is the series editor of The Best American Poetry, the annual anthology he founded in 1988, and is currently preparing a new edition of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. His nonfiction books include The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets and Signs of the Times: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul de Man.
Richard C. Lewontin is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Biology at Harvard University. He is the author of The Genetic Basis of Evolutionary Change and Biology as Ideology, and the co-author of The Dialectical Biologist (with Richard Levins) and Not in Our Genes (with Steven Rose and Leon Kamin).
Osip Mandelstam (1891–1938) was persecuted for his poetry and died in a transit camp near Vladivostok, Russia. His poem in this issue is drawn from a new translation, Voronezh Notebooks, to be published by New York Review Books in January. (January 2016)
Anka Muhlstein was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 1996 for her biography of Astolphe de Custine, and has twice received the History Prize of the French Academy. Her essay in the January 19, 2017 issue is drawn from her new book, The Pen and the Brush: How Passion for Art Shaped Nineteenth-Century French Novels, which will be published by Other Press in January. (January 2017)
Vladimir Sorokin was born in a small town outside of Moscow in 1955. He trained as an engineer at the Moscow Institute of Oil and Gas, but turned to art and writing, becoming a major presence in the Moscow underground of the 1980s. His work was banned in the Soviet Union, and his first novel, The Queue, was published by the famed émigré dissident Andrei Sinyavsky in France in 1983. In 1992, Sorokin’s Collected Stories was nominated for the Russian Booker Prize; in 1999, the publication of the controversial novel Blue Lard, which included a sex scene between clones of Stalin and Khrushchev, led to public demonstrations against the book and to demands that Sorokin be prosecuted as a pornographer; in 2001, he received the Andrei Biely Award for outstanding contributions to Russian literature. Sorokin is also the author of the screenplays for the movies Moscow, The Kopeck, and 4, and of the libretto for Leonid Desyatnikov’s Rosenthal’s Children, the first new opera to be commissioned by the Bolshoi Theater since the 1970s. He has written numerous plays and short stories, and his work has been translated throughout the world. Among his most recent books are Sugar Kremlin and Day of the Oprichnik. He lives in Moscow.