Contents


Bernini: He Had the Touch

Portraits of the Soul an exhibition at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, November 6, 2014–February 8, 2015

Bernini: Roma y la Monarquía Hispánica [Bernini: Rome and the Spanish Monarchy] Catalog of the Prado exhibition by Delfín Rodríguez Ruiz

Bernini’s Beloved: A Portrait of Costanza Piccolomini by Sarah McPhee

Barocco a Roma: La Meraviglia delle Arti [The Baroque in Rome: The Wonders of Art] an exhibition at the Fondazione Roma Museo, Palazzo Cipolla, Rome, April 1–July 26, 2015

Bernini at Saint Peter’s: The Pilgrimage by Irving Lavin

Bernini: Sculpting in Clay by C.D. Dickerson III, Anthony Sigel, Ian Wardropper, and others

‘The Most Beautiful Girl in the World’

Darling Monster: The Letters of Lady Diana Cooper to Her Son John Julius Norwich, 1939–1952 edited by John Julius Norwich

Trying to Please: A Memoir by John Julius Norwich

Autobiography: The Rainbow Comes and Goes, The Light of Common Day, Trumpets from the Steep by Diana Cooper

Old Men Forget by Duff Cooper

The Duff Cooper Diaries edited and with an introduction by John Julius Norwich

A Durable Fire: The Letters of Duff and Diana Cooper, 1913–1950 edited by Artemis Cooper

Diana Cooper by Philip Ziegler

Duff Cooper: The Authorized Biography by John Charmley

Letters of Conrad Russell, 1897–1947 edited by Georgiana Blakiston

The Letters of Evelyn Waugh and Diana Cooper edited by Artemis Cooper

Berryman: Tragedy & Comedy Together

The Heart Is Strange: New Selected Poems by John Berryman, edited and with an introduction by Daniel Swift

The Dream Songs by John Berryman, with an introduction by Michael Hofmann

77 Dream Songs by John Berryman, with an introduction by Henri Cole

Berryman’s Sonnets by John Berryman, with an introduction by April Bernard

In North Korea: Wonder & Terror

In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China by Michael Meyer

Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim

Italy’s Seriously Playful Genius

Time Ages in a Hurry by Antonio Tabucchi, translated from the Italian by Martha Cooley and Antonio Romani

Indian Nocturne by Antonio Tabucchi, translated from the Italian by Tim Parks

Dreams of Dreams and the Last Three Days of Fernando Pessoa by Antonio Tabucchi, translated from the Italian by Nancy J. Peters

Requiem: A Hallucination by Antonio Tabucchi, translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa

Pereira Declares: A Testimony by Antonio Tabucchi, translated from the Italian by Patrick Creagh

The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro by Antonio Tabucchi, translated from the Italian by J. C. Patrick

Tristano Dies: A Life by Antonio Tabucchi, translated from the Italian by Elizabeth Harris

The Woman of Porto Pim by Antonio Tabucchi, translated from the Italian by Tim Parks

It’s Getting Later All the Time by Antonio Tabucchi, translated from the Italian by Alastair McEwen

Fighting False Words and Worlds

Shattered Families, Broken Dreams: Little-Known Episodes from the History of the Persecution of Chinese Revolutionaries in Stalin’s Gulag by Sin-Lin, translated from the Russian by Steven I. Levine

Contributors

Alfred Brendel is a pianist and author of several books of 
essays and poetry. A new edition of his collected musical essays is due 
to be published this summer.
 (June 2015)

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 Year Zero: A History of 1945 is now out in paperback.


Elizabeth Drew is a regular contributor to The New York Review. She is the author of several books about money in politics, including Politics and Money: The New Road to Corruption, The Corruption of ­American Politics: What Went Wrong and Why, and Citizen McCain.
 (June 2015)

Masha Gessen’s new book, about Tamerlan and Dzhokhar ­Tsarnaev, is The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy. (June 2015)

Lara Goitein is a physician specializing in pulmonary and ­critical care medicine and Medical Director of Clinician-Directed Performance Improvement at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 (June 2015)

Robert Gottlieb has been Editor in Chief of Simon and Schuster, Knopf, and The New Yorker. His most recent book is Great ­Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens.
 (June 2015)

Jennifer Homans is the author of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet. She is the Founder and Director of the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, where she is also a Distinguished Scholar in Residence in History and European and Mediterranean Studies.
 
(June 2015)

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.
 (June 2015)

Walter Kaiser is the author of Praisers of Folly: Erasmus, ­Rabelais, Shakespeare. 
(June 2015)

Michael Massing, a former executive editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, frequently writes about the press.

James McPherson is George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton. His books include Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989, and, most recently, The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters.


Daniel Mendelsohn was born in 1960 and studied classics at the University of Virginia and at Princeton, where he received his doctorate. His essays and reviews appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review. His books include The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; a memoir, The Elusive Embrace; and the collection Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture, published by New York Review Books. He teaches at Bard College. His essay in the September 25, 2014 issue will appear as the introduction to a new translation of The Bacchae by Robin Robertson, to be published in September by Ecco.

Jonathan Mirsky is a historian of China and was formerly the East Asia Editor of The Times of London. (Julne 2015)

William D. Nordhaus is Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale. (June 2015)

Andrew O’Hagan’s new novel, The Illuminations, has just been published. (June 2015)

Tim Parks is Associate Professor of Literature and Translation at IULM University in Milan. Author of many novels, translations, and works of nonfiction, his latest book, Where I’m Reading From: The Changing World of Books, has just been published by New York Review Books.


Nicolas Pelham has reported on the Arab world for over twenty years. His article in this issue will appear in different form in a 
forthcoming book on the Middle East, to be published by Columbia Global Reports in 2016. (June 2015)

Nathaniel Rich is the author of Odds Against Tomorrow and 
The Mayor’s Tongue. (June 2015)

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. (June 2015)

Helen Vendler is the Arthur Kingsley Porter 
University Professor in the Department of English at Harvard. The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar, a collection of her later essays, has just been published.
 (June 2015)

Garry Wills holds the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture at Emory. He is the author of The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis.

Christopher de Bellaigue was born in London in 1971 and has worked as a journalist in the Middle East and South Asia since 1994. His first book, In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize. His latest book is Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup. He lives in Tehran with his wife and two children.