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Julian Barnes reviews ‘Degas’, ‘Degas Danse Dessin’, ‘Drawn in Colour’ and ‘Degas and His Model’ by Alice Michel, translated by Jeff Nagy · LRB 4 January 2018

The great French diarist Jules Renard (1864-1910) had small interest in non-literary art forms. When Ravel approached him wanting to set five of his Histoires naturelles, Renard couldn’t see the point; he didn’t forbid it, but declined to go...

What We Talk About When We Talk About Translation

JANUARY 11, 2018 OVER THE PAST few years, literary translation has enjoyed a surge in popularity in both the United States and, perhaps especially, in the United Kingdom, and it’s this new climate that saw the Man Booker International...

Outside Cuba’s Revolution, Looking In

Photo Eslinda Núñez and Sergio Corrieri in “Memories of Underdevelopment,” directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Credit Film Forum Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s “Memories of Underdevelopment,” shot in Cuba some 50 years ago and showing for a week at Film Forum...

Niall Ferguson: By the Book

What books do you think best captures your own political principles? I suppose it would have to be Edmund Burke’s “Reflections on the Revolution in France.” I wish I could force-feed — or perhaps force-read — it to every...

North Korea Praises ‘Fire and Fury’ Book on Trump Administration

Photo Retailers in the United States are having trouble keeping “Fire and Fury” in stock. Pirated copies of the book are already circulating online in Asia. Credit Carlos Barria/Reuters HONG KONG — Michael Wolff’s book about the Trump administration...

Rebel Yale: Reading and Feeling “Hillbilly Elegy”

JANUARY 10, 2018 I. THE END OF THE YEAR is the time critics draw up best-of lists, but it is also a time to tally the verdicts of the marketplace: the biggest movie, the hottest toy, the most viral...

Will Democracy Survive President Trump? Two New Books Aren’t So Sure.

Barely 12 months into the churn of the Trump presidency, when a week can be as eventful as a year, David Frum has published his new book aware of the perils he faces. “My choice of timing imposes on...

Lionel Rolfe and the Rise and Fall of the L.A. Coffeehouses

JANUARY 10, 2018 AUTHOR LIONEL ROLFE is a retired Los Angeles journalist who has written for nearly every newspaper and magazine that’s existed in or near the city in the last 50-plus years. Indeed, though a frequent traveler, Rolfe...

Tiny Betrayals and Naughty Poeticism: Jenny Diski’s “The Vanishing Princess”

JANUARY 10, 2018 THE VANISHING PRINCESS, acclaimed British writer Jenny Diski’s sole collection of short fiction, keeps the reader off balance in the most pleasant and unpredictable of ways. Originally published in 1995 and now reissued a year after...

Real Worlds, Possible Worlds and Fantasy Worlds

Photo Credit Tyler Comrie THE ORIGINS OF CREATIVITY By Edward O. Wilson243 pp. Liveright Publishing. $24.95. The act of reading alters your brain. It does so, first, because your thoughts are brain processes. When you read, neural patterns come...