Michael Henry Heim (1943–2012) was a professor of Slavic languages at the University of California, Los Angeles. He translated the NYRB Classic Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age by Bohumil Hrabal.


Murder of the City

Between 1982 and 1986, Bogdan Bogdanović, an architect, was the mayor of Belgrade, where he now lives. Much as I ponder the abnormalities of our current civil war, I cannot comprehend why military strategy should make the destruction of cities a main—if not the main—goal. Sooner or later the civilized …