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Nightwork in Chengdu

Kenneth Pomeranz: China’s Capitalism

18 February 2016
China’s Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower 
by Linda Yueh.
Oxford, 349 pp., £29.99, April 2013, 978 0 19 920578 3
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The Rise of the People’s Bank of China: The Politics of Institutional Change 
by Stephen Bell and Hui Feng.
Harvard, 374 pp., £40.95, June 2013, 978 0 674 07249 7
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The Great Urban Transformation: Politics of Land and Property in China 
by You-tien Hsing.
Oxford, 272 pp., £27.50, March 2012, 978 0 19 964459 9
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Constructing China’s Capitalism: Shanghai and the Nexus of Urban-Rural Industries 
by Daniel Buck.
Macmillan, 267 pp., £55, July 2012, 978 0 230 34095 4
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Anxious Wealth: Money and Morality among China’s New Rich 
by John Osburg.
Stanford, 248 pp., £15.99, April 2013, 978 0 8047 8354 5
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... regulations and makes it easier for collectively held rural construction land to be leased for urban uses. The process of creative destruction, which shuttered so many TVEs, is described in DanielBuck’s Constructing China’s Capitalism. Buck focuses on Shanghai and the surrounding ‘rural’ areas, which are now highly developed. This region, along with the Pearl River Delta studied by Hsing ...

A Pound a Glimpse

Daniel​ Smith: Epilepsy

16 November 2017
A Smell of Burning: The Story of Epilepsy 
by Colin Grant.
Cape, 242 pp., £16.99, August 2016, 978 0 224 10182 0
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The End of Epilepsy? A History of the Modern Era of Epilepsy, 1860-2010 
by Dieter Schmidt and Simon Shorvon.
Oxford, 208 pp., £39.99, September 2016, 978 0 19 872590 9
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... countermeasures. By 1914, 13 US states had barred people with epilepsy from marrying. In 1927, a year after Greene had stood on an underground platform contemplating suicide, the US Supreme Court in Buck v. Bell ruled in favour of the forced sterilisation of ‘mental defectives’, including epileptics. ‘It is better for all the world,’ Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr wrote, ‘if instead of ...

Frets and Knots

Anthony Grafton

4 November 1993
A History of Cambridge University Press. Vol. I: Printing and the Book Trade in Cambridge, 1534-1698 
by David McKitterick.
Cambridge, 500 pp., £65, October 1992, 0 521 30801 1
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... own except the paper black with the press’s sweat.’ McKitterick makes a precise census of the mountains of schoolbooks which, with a nose for marketing that modern publishers must envy, Thomas Buck and Roger Daniel shovelled forth to meet the demands of England’s extraordinarily expansive network of grammar schools. Of the six thousand copies of Evaldus Gallus’s Pueriles confabulatiunculae ...
20 July 2000
Killer Algae: The True Tale of Biological Invasion 
by Alexandre Meinesz, translated by Daniel​ Simberloff.
Chicago, 360 pp., £17.50, December 1999, 0 226 51922 8
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... described in the first seven pages of Meinesz’s account. From this point on, he and Doumenge and their detractors and supporters became tangled in a phoney war of information and disinformation, buck-passing and pusillanimity, which occupies the next two hundred depressing pages. The cast is huge, and even Monacan royalty has a bit part: ‘I eat it in doughnuts with the Prince,’ Doumenge has ...

Into the Eisenshpritz

Elif Batuman: Superheroes

10 April 2008
Life, in Pictures: Autobiographical Stories 
by Will Eisner.
Norton, 493 pp., £18.99, November 2007, 978 0 393 06107 9
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Epileptic 
by David B..
Cape, 368 pp., £12.99, March 2006, 0 224 07920 4
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Shortcomings 
by Adrian Tomine.
Faber, 108 pp., £12.99, September 2007, 978 0 571 23329 8
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Misery Loves Comedy 
by Ivan Brunetti.
Fantagraphics, 172 pp., £15.99, April 2007, 978 1 56097 792 6
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... out the window of a train, recalling scenes from days gone by. He remembers his first experiences getting beaten up in the Bronx, his thwarted romance with a gentile girl and his friendship with Buck, the son of right-wing German immigrants, in whose basement the boys built a fully functional sailing boat. Years later, at the start of the war, Eisner runs into Buck in a New York cafeteria; the ...
17 April 1980
Race, Sex and Class under the Raj: Imperial Attitudes and Policies and their Critics 
by Kenneth Ballhatchet.
Weidenfeld, 199 pp., £9.50, January 1980, 0 297 77646 0
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Queen Victoria’s Maharajah: Duleep Singh 1838-1898 
by Michael Alexander and Sushila Anand.
Weidenfeld, 326 pp., £9.95, February 1980, 0 297 77656 8
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... Bentinck’s economy-conscious administration and a more censorious European opinion stirred by Evangelical religion led to the discontinuance of many lock hospitals and to an attack on what Bishop Daniel Wilson called the ‘licensed brothels’ which made ‘sinning safe’. The health of the troops aroused renewed concern after the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny had resulted in large numbers of men ...

Raiding Joyce

Denis Donoghue

18 April 1985
James Joyce 
by Patrick Parrinder.
Cambridge, 262 pp., £20, November 1984, 9780521240147
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James Joyce and Sexuality 
by Richard Brown.
Cambridge, 216 pp., £19.50, March 1985, 0 521 24811 6
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Joyce’s Dislocutions: Essays on Reading as Translation 
by Fritz Senn, edited by John Paul Riquelme.
Johns Hopkins, 225 pp., £22.20, December 1984, 0 8018 3135 0
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Post-Structuralist Joyce: Essays from the French 
edited by Derek Attridge and Daniel​ Ferrer.
Cambridge, 162 pp., £20, January 1985, 9780521266369
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... The most exhilarating essays in Senn’s book are those in which he deals with various attempts to translate Ulysses into German, French and Italian. How, for instance, do you translate into German Buck Mulligan’s remark, ‘And going forth he met Butterly’ (a parody of the Gospel report – Matthew 26.75 – of the repentant Peter: ‘Going forth he wept bitterly’)? What difference, and how ...

‘This is Africa, after all. What can you expect?’

Bernard Porter: Corruption and Post-Imperialism

26 March 2009
It’s Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistleblower 
by Michela Wrong.
Fourth Estate, 354 pp., £12.99, February 2009, 978 0 00 724196 5
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... Empire. It probably hasn’t ever happened in history. It certainly didn’t happen in Zimbabwe, where Britain more or less washed its hands of the country from the start. Kenya initially seemed to buck the trend. For a start, the settlers were fewer and sillier, and the official British policy – hard-won by Labour governments and the more liberal imperialists in the Colonial Office – proclaimed ...

How bad can it get?

LRB Contributors

15 August 2019
... Neal Ascherson, Mary Beard, Jonathan Coe, Tom Crewe, William Davies, Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Lorna Finlayson, Daniel Finn, Katrina Forrester, Jeremy Harding, Daisy Hildyard, Colin Kidd, James Meek, Ferdinand Mount, Jan-Werner Müller, Jonathan Parry, David RuncimanNeal Ascherson‘On​ 17 June poor France fell ...

Touch of Evil

Christopher Hitchens

22 October 1992
Kissinger: A Biography 
by Walter Isaacson.
Faber, 893 pp., £25, September 1992, 0 571 16858 2
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... whether you draw them from Clark Clifford’s memoirs, Seymour Hersh’s critique, Stephen Ambrose’s judicious biography of Nixon or the recollections of Averell Harriman, Richard Holbrooke or Daniel Davidson. Mr Isaacson has added some extra but exiguous detail to the story. By shopping on both sides of the street, and betraying the side he notionally worked for, Kissinger helped the Nixon ...

Hunter-Capitalists

Roger Hodge: The Comanches

15 December 2011
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanche Tribe 
by S.C. Gwynne.
Constable, 483 pp., £9.99, July 2011, 978 1 84901 703 9
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... up the free land in any case. They were devout and aggressive Baptists who believed that God had empowered them to make the barbarian deserts bloom. ‘The elect are a wrathful people,’ Elder Daniel Parker said, ‘because they are the natural enemies of the non-elect.’ When the Indians arrived, ten of the Parker men were working in the fields about a mile away. Six men, including James and ...

Ghosting

Andrew O’Hagan: Julian Assange

6 March 2014
... to cause maximum damage.’ ‘Surely not,’ I said, incredulous. ‘Wouldn’t they wait, just for old time’s sake?’ ‘You’re joking.’ He said the third book was by his former colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg. ‘This will be a complete smear,’ he said. ‘The guy is working from hatred of us and he will seek to make it as damaging as possible.’ ‘Embarrassing or damaging?’ ‘Both ...

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