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Vol. 39 No. 8 · 20 April 2017

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Cover Artist

Bryony Dalefield

James Meek

Somerdale to Skarbimierz

Letters

Victoria Coulson, Ben Carver, Jane Salvage, Alex Bellamy, Anthony Paul, Ruth Maclennan, Giacinto Palmieri, Blaine Stothard, Peter D. Smith, Peter Baker, Arja Kajermo, Bernard Danson, Malcolm Vale

Jeremy Harding

Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the US-Mexico Boundary by Ronald Rael. California, 184 pp., £24.95, May 2017, 978 0 520 28394 7

David Runciman

Short Cuts: Tony and Jeremy

Michael Wood

Fritz Lang and the Life of Crime

Peter Green

Democracy’s Slaves: A Political History of Ancient Greece by Paulin Ismard, translated by Jane Marie Todd. Harvard, 188 pp., £25.95, January 2017, 978 0 674 66007 6

Tom Crewe

A Very Queer Family Indeed: Sex, Religion and the Bensons in Victorian Britain by Simon Goldhill. Chicago, 337 pp., £24.50, October 2016, 978 0 226 39378 0

Andrew O’Hagan

On Robert Silvers

Jenny Turner

The World Saved by Kids: And Other Epics by Elsa Morante, translated by Cristina Viti. Seagull, 319 pp., £19.50, January 2017, 978 0 85742 379 5

Rosemary Hill

At Pallant House: Victor Pasmore

Charles Hope

Michelangelo & Sebastiano  At the National Gallery, until 24 June 2018

J. Robert Lennon

The Fall Guy by James Lasdun. Cape, 266 pp., £12.99, January 2017, 978 1 910702 83 3

Blair Worden

How Shakespeare Put Politics on the Stage: Power and Succession in the History Plays by Peter Lake. Yale, 666 pp., £25, November 2016, 978 0 300 22271 5

Paul Batchelor

Poem: ‘The Curlew’

Ange Mlinko

Deaths of the Poets by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts. Cape, 414 pp., £14.99, February 2017, 978 0 224 09754 3

Julian Barnes

Diary: People Will Hate Us Again

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