Arts & Books
David Satter's account of Russia's criminal state is savagely bleak. Did the state really kill hundreds of its own people to justify the second Chechen war?
The cow is a simple animal, yet for centuries its meat symbolised the English character. But nationalists elsewhere have also found mythic value in beef.
Crazy and brilliant, Robert Lowell long stood at the peak of American poetic mythology. His star then faltered, but not much was needed to revive it.
Pat Barker's talent for old wars does not adapt well to new ones. This failure to find power in the present stands as a core failure in British literary fiction
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