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11 September 2008
Enchantment: The Seductress in Opera 
by Jean Starobinski, translated by C. Jon Delogu.
Columbia, 262 pp., £17.50, March​ 2008, 978 0 231 14090 4
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... I’ve been told you can’t judge a book by its cover; and not by its subtitle either, it would seem. Jean Starobinski’s Enchantment presents itself as concerned with ‘the seductress in opera’, but not much of it actually is. It consists, rather, of a collection of occasional pieces, most of which have previously been published. They offer relatively impressionistic accounts of one or another ...

Clairvoyant, Rich​ and Lucky

Chloë Daniel: Berlin 1904-2014

30 November 2017
Hannah’s Dress: Berlin 1904-2014 
by Pascale Hugues, translated by C. Jon Delogu and Nick​ Somers.
Polity, 250 pp., £20, March​ 2017, 978 1 5095 0981 2
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... She received 13 replies. One was from Hannah Kroner Segal, now of New York, who gave the book its title. Hannah lived on the street until 1939. She wore the eponymous dress, long and black in crêpe de chine, when she escaped to America aged 19 onboard the SS Rotterdam. It had been made by Susanne Wachsner at number 9, the adopted sister she’d had to leave behind. Susanne, who was meant to ...

Out of the Cage

Tom Nairn: Popping the bubble of American supremacy

24 June 2004
After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order 
by Emmanuel Todd, translated by C. Jon Delogu.
Constable, 288 pp., £8.99, July 2004, 1 84529 058 5
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Bubble of American SupremacyCorrecting the Misuse of American Power 
by George Soros.
Weidenfeld, 207 pp., £12.99, January 2004, 0 297 84906 9
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... In some ways, millennium absurdity has not yet ended. Although the Dome reached oblivion in record time, a deeper dimension of fever, wild surmise and unhinged ‘radicalism’ has remained, greatly intensified since 11 September 2001. Its future was prepared by the non-election of George W. Bush in 2000, equivalent to the failed coronation of a pope in 1000. Simultaneously, the persistence of 1990s ...

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