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Twilight of the Eastern Gods, by Ismail Kadare, trans. David Bellos - book review: Soviet satire skilfully mixes the personal and the political

Ismail Kadare made his name as a forceful example of how to function as a writer under late communism. He trod a delicate line between censorship and lies by critiquing the Stalinism of Enver Hoxha's Albania through fable, allegory and historical transpos

How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where and Why it Happens by Benedict Carey, review: 'familiar-sounding innovations'

Nicholas Blincoe is suspicious of the innovations toted in a new book by The New York Times's Science Correspondent.

Michelangelo: Complete Works - Frank Zollner, Christof Thoenes, Thomas Popper

Before reaching the tender age of thirty, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) had already sculpted David and Pieta, two of the most famous sculptures in the entire history of art. Like fellow Florentine Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo was a shining star o

Passions Between Women - Emma Donoghue

Passions Between Women looks at stories of lesbian desires, acts and identities from the Restoration to the beginning of the nineteenth century. Far from being invisible, the figure of the woman who felt passion for women in this period was a subject of c

The Impulse Society - Paul Roberts, Edoardo Ballerini

In every facet of postindustrial society - the way we eat, the way we communicate and entertain, the way we work, the way we court lovers and raise children, educate and govern - technology and affluence now let us reach our goals with a speed and efficie

The Novel: A Biography - Michael Schmidt

The 700-year history of the novel in English defies straightforward telling. Encompassing a range of genres, it is geographically and culturally boundless and influenced by great novelists working in other languages. Michael Schmidt, choosing as his trave

The Dark Net - Jamie Bartlett

Beyond the familiar online world that most of us inhabit - a world of Google, Hotmail, Facebook and Amazon - lies a vast and often hidden network of sites, communities and cultures where freedom is pushed to its limits, and where people can be anyone, or

Werner Herzog – A Guide for The Perplexed by Paul Cronin

As one might expect from a 493-page conversation with the filmmaker Werner Herzog, the most explosive moments come in the form of confrontations with his cultural bedfellow and bête noir, the late actor Klaus Kinski. It’s a shame, then, when he dispels