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Vol. 36 No. 8 · 17 April 2014

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Cover Artist

Naomi Frears

Christian Wolmar

What’s the point of HS2?

Letters

Malcolm Bull, Laura Janes, Geoff Roberts, Lawrence Rosen, Thomas Meaney, Emily Mitchell, Edward Luttwak, Daniel Davies, Brian Dillon, Basem Ra’ad, Adrienne Ghaly

Pamela Crossley

Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang. Cape, 436 pp., £20, September 2013, 978 0 224 08743 8

Ian Penman

Sonic Foam

Colin Kidd

A British Bundesrat?

Adam Mars-Jones

Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis. Hamish Hamilton, 304 pp., £16.99, April 2014, 978 0 241 14664 4

Frederick Seidel

Poem: ‘Morning and Melancholia’

Eleanor Birne

At Kettle’s Yard: Ben and Winifred Nicholson

Marina Warner

Je parle toutes les langues, mais en arabe by Abdelfattah Kilito. Actes Sud, 144 pp., €19, March 2013, 978 2 330 01634 0

Seymour M. Hersh

The Red Line and the Rat Line

David Motadel

Short Cuts: The Crimean Tatars

Philippe Marlière

Mitterrand: A Study in Ambiguity by Philip Short. Bodley Head, 692 pp., £30, November 2013, 978 1 84792 006 5

Nicholas Phillips

Closed Material

Michael Wood

At the Movies: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Thomas Keymer

Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World by Leo Damrosch. Yale, 573 pp., £25, November 2013, 978 0 300 16499 2
Parodies, Hoaxes, Mock Treatises: ‘Polite Conversation’, ‘Directions to Servants’ and Other Works by Jonathan Swift, edited by Valerie Rumbold. Cambridge, 821 pp., £85, July 2013, 978 0 521 84326 3
Journal to Stella: Letters to Esther Johnson and Rebecca Dingley, 1710-13 by Jonathan Swift, edited by Abigail Williams. Cambridge, 800 pp., £85, December 2013, 978 0 521 84166 5

Steve Ely

Poem: ‘Prayers in Time of Great Hunger’

Christopher Hilliard

Richard Hoggart: Virtue and Reward by Fred Inglis. Polity, 259 pp., £25, October 2013, 978 0 7456 5171 2

Keith Gessen

Diary: In Odessa

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