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Adam Kirsch is the author of Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas, Why Trilling Matters, Benjamin Disraeli, and The Modern Element: Essays on Contemporary Poetry. He is a contributing editor at Tablet.

To Fight Against This Age: On Fascism and Humanism

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To Fight Against This Age: On Fascism and Humanism

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Can a call to "Western" values restore the center of 21st-century civil society?
Go, Went, Gone

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Go, Went, Gone

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Jenny Erpenbeck's new novel confronts a German man with the suffering of refugees, and raises questions about the morality of borders.
Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem in Jerusalem

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Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem in Jerusalem

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In the life of a pioneering Jewish scholar, George Prochnik finds connections of his family's own comeplex relation to his heritage and the city he loves. Review by Adam Kirsch.
Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and “Civilisation”

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Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and “Civilisation”

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Britain's champion of fine art was the son of a manufacturing family who wound up explaining high culture to his countrymen. Adam Kirsch reviews James Stourton's life of Sir Kenneth Clark.
Cursed Legacy

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Cursed Legacy

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The novelist Thomas Mann's son Klaus chose to follow in his father's footsteps -- a path that proved torturous. Review by Adam Kirsch.
My Marriage

REDISCOVERY

My Marriage

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A novelist in fin-de-siecle Vienna finds that in charting the progress of a wrecked union "I've lost all sense of measure." Review by Adam Kirsch.
This Gulf of Fire

HISTORY

This Gulf of Fire

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Mark Molesky revisits the devastating catastrophe that stunned Enlightenment Europe. Review by Adam Kirsch.
Keeping an Eye Open

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Keeping an Eye Open

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"Every picture tells a story, don't it?" asked Rod Stewart. But novelist Julian Barnes thinks otherwise. Review by Adam Kirsch.
Death and Mr. Pickwick

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Death and Mr. Pickwick

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The work that made Charles Dickens famous is the basis for a multilayered debut novel of 19th-century life and letters. Review by Adam Kirsch.
The Door

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The Door

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A novel of a Hungarian writer and her mysterious housekeeper proves a master class in psychological suspense.
Khirbet Khizeh

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Khirbet Khizeh

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An Israeli novelist's unsettling look at the paradoxes of a conflict.
The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War

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The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War

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Can we understand an American cataclysm without experiencing the reek of death and the roar of cannon? Review by Adam Kirsch.