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To deal with the rising Nationalist Internationale

Gabriele Badano (Cambridge) and Alasia Nuti (York): Under Pressure: Political Liberalism, the Rise of Unreasonableness and the Complexity of Containment. Joe Mulhall (Royal Holloway): The Many Faces of Fascism. Tyranny’s new trick: Unlike 20th-century dictatorships, authoritarian regimes of the 21st do not feel like tyrannies — here’s how it’s done. Pankaj Mishra reviews The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce; The Fate of the West: Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political


Paper Trail

On her last day at the paper, New York Times book critic Jennifer Senior reflects on endings and acknowledgement sections in books. Even though they can be “numbingly predictable,” Senior professes her love for these “little Levittowns of gratitude” that expose “how the truth about the wretchedness of book-writing finally comes tumbling out, and the

Syllabi

"We Are Revolution": Introducing Asia's Proletarian Lit

Matt TurnerDuring the last election cycle, the American working class got a lot of airplay. Donald Trump’s rhetoric was a throwback to a different era of politics and a different economy. Talk of American workers

Daily Review

The Kingdom

"The Kingdom" is a weird, brilliant hybrid of biblical interpretation, memoir, and historical fiction in which the author speculates about the personalities of the earliest Christians. The book is brash in its structure, tone, and some of its claims. But Carrère isn’t doing anything that Christians haven't been doing for two millennia. He’s just doing it an in a wildly contemporary, self-conscious way.

Interviews

Tony Tulathimutte and Malcolm Harris

I met author Tony Tulathimutte at a reading in Manhattan where he asked the audience to vote on which section of his novel Private Citizens to read from: the one on writer’s workshops or the one on pornography. Porn won, and Tony delivered a complex, funny, and disturbing passage. Later, when I saw his blurb recommending Malcolm Harris’s new study, Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, I read the book and was impressed by its sweeping socio-economic critique.

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A Broken Story: Jenny Erpenbeck's Refugee Novel

John Domini

Overseas, Jenny Erpenbeck’s latest novel has carried her to fresh levels of acclaim. She’s won not only the Thomas Mann Prize, in her native Germany, but also Italy’s Strega Europeo, something of a Booker for the Continent. Now the book is out in this country, under the title Go, Went, Gone, and though Erpenbeck’s four previous have won critical esteem—the New York Review of Books deemed her last novel “ferocious as well as virtuosic”—here,

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