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Table of contents from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 8 (26 April 2018) Source link

Michael Wood reviews ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ · LRB 26 April 2018

Once upon a time in the western we knew where we were. We were in the old days. We were west of civilisation in the United States, stranded in a place where law was unknown, or had just arrived,...

David Goldblatt · LRB 26 April 2018

‘The South African labour market,’ Charles van Onselen writes in New Nineveh, ‘has always been dominated by … mining, agriculture and domestic service.’ Van Onselen’s two-volume history of ‘everyday life in the Witwatersrand’, a long ridge on the Highveld,...

Isabel Hull reviews ‘The Internationalists and Their Plan to Outlaw War’ by Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro · LRB 26 April 2018

The Paris Peace Pact of 1928 is a treaty few remember and which is ridiculed by many of those who do. Otherwise known as the Kellogg-Briand Pact – after its authors, the US secretary of state, Frank Kellogg, and...

Colin Burrow reviews ‘The Odyssey’ translated by Peter Green, ‘The Odyssey’ translated by Emily Wilson and ‘The Odyssey’ translated by Anthony Verity · LRB 26 April 2018

Sausages and sneezes both have small but significant parts to play in Homer’s Odyssey. Sausages (or blood-puddings, or ‘paunches full of blood and fat’ as more literal translators call them) figure occasionally as food. But they also pop and...

Adewale Maja-Pearce reviews ‘Boko Haram’ by Virginia Comolli and ‘Boko Haram’ by Alexander Thurston · LRB 26 April 2018

On the night of 14-15 April 2014, Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped 276 girls from a boarding school in Chibok in Borno State in the far north-east of Nigeria. The girls weren’t meant to be there. The school was closed,...

Helen Thompson · West Ham Disunited · LRB 26 April 2018

In the summer of 2005 London was chosen to host the 2012 Olympics and West Ham United were celebrating their return to the Premier League after a two-season absence. Few around the club at that time would have welcomed...

How I Accidentally Wrote the Antithesis of a Spielberg Blockbuster

APRIL 18, 2018 I’M USED TO the comparison. Nearly all of the reviews of my new novel Bash Bash Revolution (2018) mention Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (2011). But, when the trend was reversed, when a review of Steven...

Letters · LRB 26 April 2018

Frock Consciousness Some of the best examples of the ‘frock consciousness’ described by Rosemary Hill, and of its comic potential, can be found in the Mapp and Lucia novels of E.F. Benson, written in the 1920s and 1930s (LRB,...

Nicole Kidman to Star in THE FEMALE PERSUASION Adaptation: Critical Linking, April 18

Critical Linking is sponsored by Force of Nature by Jane Harper, from Flatiron Books. The Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress and her company Blossom Films have partnered with acclaimed producer Lynda Obst (Interstellar) to develop an adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s...