A review of Lewis Lapham’s collection of essays tracing the decline in American democracy since 1990 to the present day. It is a vital read from a great literary stylist, humanist and old-school scholar. There is wit, intelligence and a grasp of essentials on every page.
The writer and satirist “Teffi” was a literary sensation in Russia until war and revolution forced her to leave Russia for ever.
Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut novel, a critique of neocolonialism is taking Africa and the world by storm. His nightmarish jazzy vision is peopled with poets, whores, pimps and post-marxist capitalists.
A posthumously published book by the art historian Michael Jacobs on his long standing obsession, the Velazquez painting, “Las Meninas”, that hangs in the Prado – a painting that has perplexed art historians for two centuries.
Pushkin Press has published a priceless gem by the Russian emigré writer Gaito Gazdanov whose own life was about as exciting as this high octane novella. Highly recommended.
Another excellent book by Philip Marsden. He takes us on a personal tour of Cornwall to discover how its “ritual landscapes” have the power to move us with their magnetism.
Wall Street is rigged, and best-selling author Michael Lewis tells us how. Rollercoaster style, he recounts how a motley group takes on Wall Street, converting Goldman Sachs to the straight and narrow en route. Incredibly, morality and truth win out. Horrifying and fascinating in equal measure.
Like a medieval Book of Days, each page of Eduardo Galeano’s “Children of the Days” tells an illuminating story inspired by that day of the year, resurrecting the heroes and heroines who have fallen off the historical map but whose lives remind us of our darkest hours and sweetest victories.
A captivating book by Jamil Ahmad, a 78-year-old retired civil servant from Pakistan who spent much of his working life in the Tribal Areas. The stories reveal the human drama of the lyrical and often merciless tribal world, without descending either into romanticism or facile moralism.
Jerry Brotton’s “A History of the World in Twelve Maps” traces the history of the world through the development and art of map-making by looking in detail at twelve maps that literally made history.