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Vol. 30 No. 7 · 10 April 2008

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Cover Artist

Peter Campbell

Gareth Peirce

Was it like this for the Irish?

Letters

Dr Roger James, Stan Smith, Felix Holmgren, Paul Anderson, Karl Sabbagh, Gordon Kerry, Yael Lotan, Cal Winslow, Judith Chernaik

Jeremy Waldron

Worst-Case Scenarios by Cass Sunstein. Harvard, 340 pp., £16.95, November 2007, 978 0 674 02510 3

Stephanie Burt

Poem: ‘Peonies’

Jenny Diski

Child of All Nations by Irmgard Keun, translated by Michael Hofmann. Penguin, 195 pp., £14.99, January 2008, 978 0 7139 9907 5

Lewis Siegelbaum

The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia by Orlando Figes. Allen Lane, 740 pp., £25, October 2007, 978 0 7139 9702 6

Henry Siegman

The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-77 by Gershom Gorenberg. Holt, 454 pp., £16.99, March 2007, 978 0 8050 8241 8
Lords of the Land: The War over Israel’s Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967-2007 by Idith Zertal and Akiva Eldar. Nation, 531 pp., $29.95, October 2007, 978 1 56858 370 9

Peter Campbell

At the National Gallery: Pompeo Batoni

Thomas Jones

Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton – An Autobiography by J.G. Ballard. Fourth Estate, 278 pp., £14.99, February 2008, 978 0 00 727072 9

John Lanchester

Short Cuts: Ken or Boris?

Nicholas Spice

Something to Tell You by Hanif Kureishi. Faber, 345 pp., £16.99, March 2008, 978 0 571 20977 4

Elif Batuman

Life, in Pictures: Autobiographical Stories by Will Eisner. Norton, 493 pp., £18.99, November 2007, 978 0 393 06107 9
Epileptic by David B.. Cape, 368 pp., £12.99, March 2006, 0 224 07920 4
Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine. Faber, 108 pp., £12.99, September 2007, 978 0 571 23329 8
Misery Loves Comedy by Ivan Brunetti. Fantagraphics, 172 pp., £15.99, April 2007, 978 1 56097 792 6

Wendy Doniger

Indo-European Poetry and Myth by M.L. West. Oxford, 525 pp., £80, May 2007, 978 0 19 928075 9

Leconte de L’Isle, translated by John Kinsella

Poem: ‘Le Rêve du jaguar’

Peter Campbell

Architect and Engineer by Andrew Saint. Yale, 541 pp., £45, March 2008, 978 0 300 12443 9

David Bromwich

Diary: President-Speak

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