Vol. 43 No. 15 · 29 July 2021

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Cover Artist

Anne Rothenstein

John Lanchester

How bad can it be?

Letters

Jon Wiener, Michael Kulikowski, Keshava Guha, Mat Snow, Lee Gillette, Tahir Taghizade, Annette Moskofian, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Fred Clough

Clare Bucknell

Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen. Fourth Estate, 275 pp., £14.99, July, 978 0 00 754873 6

August Kleinzahler

Poem: ‘A History of Western Music: Chapter 99’

Alison Light

The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym: A Biography by Paula Byrne. William Collins, 686 pp., £25, April, 978 0 00 832220 5

T.J. Clark

At the Barbican: Jean Dubuffet

Michael Wood

Under the Dome: Walks with Paul Celan by Jean Daive, translated by Rosmarie Waldrop. City Lights, 186 pp., £11.99, November 2020, 978 0 87286 808 3
Microliths They Are, Little Stones: Posthumous Prose by Paul Celan, translated by Pierre Joris. Contra Mundum, 293 pp., £20, October 2020, 978 1 940625 36 2
Memory Rose into Threshold Speech: The Collected Earlier Poetry by Paul Celan, translated by Pierre Joris. Farrar, Straus, 549 pp., £32, November 2020, 978 0 374 29837 1

Andrew O’Hagan

On the Bus

Hal Foster

Absentees: On Variously Missing Persons by Daniel Heller-Roazen. Zone, 320 pp., £28, April, 978 1 942130 47 5

Adam Mars-Jones

Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-93 by Sarah Schulman. Farrar, Straus, 736 pp., £30.99, June, 978 0 374 18513 8

Diane Williams

Two Stories

Andrea Brady

Yours Presently: The Selected Letters of John Wieners edited by Michael Seth Stewart. New Mexico, 333 pp., £60, December 2020, 978 0 8263 6204 9

Pooja Bhatia

Short Cuts: After the Assassination

Gary Younge

We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops and Corruption in an American City by Justin Fenton. Faber, 335 pp., £14.99, February, 978 0 571 35661 4

Lavinia Greenlaw

Diana of the Upper Air

Patrick Leigh Fermor

Swish! Swish! Swish!

Nicholas Penny

Time’s Witness: History in the Age of Romanticism by Rosemary Hill. Allen Lane, 390 pp., £25, June, 978 1 84614 312 0

Peter Phillips

Tallis by Kerry McCarthy. Oxford, 288 pp., £25.99, October 2020, 978 0 19 063521 3

Simon Cartledge

Diary: Young Hong Kongers

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