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Vol. 35 No. 9 · 9 May 2013

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Cover Artist

Cressida Bell

Richard Lloyd Parry

The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future by Victor Cha. Bodley Head, 527 pp., £14.99, August 2012, 978 1 84792 236 6

Letters

Glen Newey, Simon Darragh, Millicent Dillon, Tom Chance, Matt Shipton, Judith Richards, Nick Black, Clancy Sigal, Sam Solecki, Stephen Sedley, Steve Gooch, Michael Walker, Tom Smith

Terry Eagleton

The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West by Brian Levack. Yale, 346 pp., £25, March 2013, 978 0 300 11472 0

Karl Miller

A Delicate Truth by John le Carré. Viking, 310 pp., £18.99, April 2013, 978 0 670 92279 6
The Man Who Was George Smiley: The Life of John Bingham by Michael Jago. Biteback, 308 pp., £20, February 2013, 978 1 84954 513 6

James Meek

The Depositor Haircut

Michael Wood

At the Movies: ‘The Servant’

Donald MacKenzie

The Magic Lever

Michael Wood

Levels of Life by Julian Barnes. Cape, 118 pp., £10.99, April 2013, 978 0 224 09815 1

Christian Lorentzen

Short Cuts: Snotty American Brat

Seth Colter Walls

Middle C by William Gass. Knopf, 416 pp., £19, March 2013, 978 0 307 70163 3

Ian Sansom

House of Earth: A Novel by Woody Guthrie. Fourth Estate, 234 pp., £14.99, February 2013, 978 0 00 750985 0

Jean Sprackland

Poem: ‘Last Resort’

Diarmaid MacCulloch

Trent: What Happened at the Council by John O’Malley. Harvard, 335 pp., £20, January 2013, 978 0 674 06697 7

Marshall Sahlins

Human Science

Emma Dench

Children in the Roman Empire: Outsiders Within by Christian Laes. Cambridge, 334 pp., £68, March 2011, 978 0 521 89746 4
Children, Memory and Family Identity in Roman Culture edited by Véronique Dasen and Thomas Späth. Oxford, 373 pp., £82, October 2011, 978 0 19 958257 0

Charles Simic

Four Poems

Thomas Keymer

Orientalist Jones: Sir William Jones, Poet, Lawyer and Linguist, 1746-94 by Michael Franklin. Oxford, 396 pp., £35, September 2011, 978 0 19 953200 1

Charles Hope

At the National Gallery: Barocci

Sadakat Kadri

A Very British Killing: The Death of Baha Mousa by A.T. Williams. Cape, 298 pp., £16.99, October 2012, 978 0 224 09688 1

Iain Sinclair

Diary: Thatcher in Gravesend

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