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Vol. 32 No. 1 · 7 January 2010

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Cover Artist

Peter Campbell

Steven Shapin

The Darwin Show

Letters

Jacob Ecclestone, Jim McCue, Bob Hanenberg, Charles Lewsen, Martin Sanderson, Malcolm Coad, Peter Dreyer, Andrew McCullough, Wilhelm Schneider, Caroline Williamson, Richard Tagart

T.J. Clark

Living Death

Michael Wood

The Original of Laura: (Dying is Fun) A Novel in Fragments by Vladimir Nabokov. Penguin, 278 pp., £25, November 2009, 978 0 14 119115 7

Charles Simic

Two Poems

Adam Shatz

The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely. Faber, 720 pp., £18.99, December 2009, 978 0 571 23700 5

Neal Ascherson

Uncivil Society: 1989 and the Implosion of the Communist Establishment by Stephen Kotkin, with Jan Gross. Modern Library, 240 pp., $24, October 2009, 978 0 679 64276 3
Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire by Victor Sebestyen. Weidenfeld, 451 pp., £25, July 2009, 978 0 297 85223 0
There Is No Freedom without Bread: 1989 and the Civil War that Brought Down Communism by Constantine Pleshakov. Farrar, Straus, 289 pp., $26, November 2009, 978 0 374 28902 7
1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe by Mary Elise Sarotte. Princeton, 321 pp., £20.95, November 2009, 978 0 691 14306 4

John Lanchester

Short Cuts: Kraft eats Cadbury

Anne Enright

Sinking by Inches

August Kleinzahler

Poem: ‘The Exquisite Atmography of Thomas Appletree, Diarist of Edgiock’

Susan Eilenberg

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes. HarperPress, 380 pp., £9.99, September 2009, 978 0 00 714953 7

Jenny Diski

‘Psycho’ in the Shower: The History of Cinema’s Most Famous Scene by Philip Skerry. Continuum, 316 pp., £12.99, June 2009, 978 0 8264 2769 4

Peter Campbell

At the Funfair: ‘Winter Wonderland’

Bee Wilson

Perfumes: The A-Z Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. Profile, 620 pp., £12.99, October 2009, 978 1 84668 127 1
Chanel: Her Life, Her World, The Woman behind the Legend by Edmonde Charles-Roux, translated by Nancy Amphoux. MacLehose, 428 pp., £14.99, June 2009, 978 1 906694 24 1
The Allure of Chanel by Paul Morand, translated by Euan Cameron. Pushkin, 181 pp., £12, September 2009, 978 1 901285 98 7
Coco before Chanel directed by Anne Fontaine.July 2009

Alan Bennett

Diary: What I did in 2009

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