The Fire This Time

Waiting: The Whites of South Africa by Vincent Crapanzano

Freedom Rising by James North

The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist by Breyten Breytenbach

Noble Poet

Report from the Besieged City and Other Poems by Zbigniew Herbert, translated by John Carpenter and Bogdana Carpenter

Barbarian in the Garden by Zbigniew Herbert, translated by Michael March and Jaroslaw Anders

Selected Poems by Zbigniew Herbert, translated by Czeslaw Milosz and Peter Dale Scott

O So Uchi!

Pictures from the Water Trade: Adventures of a Westerner in Japan by John David Morley

The Good Witch of the West

Letters by Sylvia Townsend Warner, edited by William Maxwell

One Thing Leading to Another, and Other Stories by Sylvia Townsend Warner, selected and edited by Susanna Pinney

Scenes of Childhood by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Lolly Willowes, or the Loving Huntsman by Sylvia Townsend Warner, introduction by Anita Miller

The True Heart by Sylvia Townsend Warner

For Sylvia: An Honest Account by Valentine Ackland

Ah, the Fredonna Tree

A Certain Lucas by Julio Cortázar, translated by Gregory Rabassa

Heroes Are Grazing in My Garden by Heberto Padilla, translated by Andrew Hurley

A House in the Country by José Donoso, translated by David Pritchard and Suzanne Jill Levine

Snails on the Couch

Brain and Psyche: The Biology of the Unconscious by Jonathan Winson

Mind, Brain, Body: Toward a Convergence of Psychoanalysis and Neurobiology by Morton F. Reiser


Robert M. Adams (1915-1996) was a founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature. He taught at the University of Wisconsin, Rutgers, Cornell and U.C.L.A. His scholarly interested ranged from Milton to Joyce, and his translations of many classic works of French literature continue to be read to this day.

Al Alvarez is the author of Risky Business, a selection of essays, many of which first appeared in The New York Review of Books.

Neal Ascherson is the author of Black Sea, Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland and the novel Death of the Fronsac. He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
 (December 2019)

April Bernard’s most recent books are Miss Fuller, a novel, and Brawl & Jag, a collection of poems. (November 2017)

Ian Buruma is the author of numerous books, including Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Year Zero: A History of 1945, and, most recently, A Tokyo Romance.

Natalie Zemon Davis is the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton and Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author most recently of Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds. (May 2008)

Adam Michnik is Editor in Chief of the Warsaw daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. His newest book is The Trouble With History: Morality, Revolution, and Counterrevolution.

Murray Sayle is an Australian journalist long based in Japan. His book The Myth of Hiroshima, on the end of World War II, will be published next year. (December 1997)

John Updike (1932–2009) was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania. In 1954 he began to publish in The New Yorker, where he continued to contribute short stories, poems, and criticism until his death. His major work was the set of four novels chronicling the life of Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, two of which, Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His last books were the novel The Widows of Eastwick and Due Considerations, a collection of his essays and criticism.

Robert Winter is Distinguished Professor of Music and holds the Presidential Chair in Music and Interactive Arts at UCLA. He is about to release Music in the Air, the first all-digital history of Western music.(April 2016)

Michael Wood is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton. His most recent book is On Empson.

Lord Zuckerman (1904–1993) was a British zoologist and military strategist. Having advised the Allies on bombing strategy during World War II, he spent much of his later life campaigning for nuclear non-proliferation. Zuckerman was knighted in 1956 and made a life peer in 1971.