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Amelia Atlas's reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Sun, and N1BR, among others. She blogs about books at www.ameliaatlas.com.

Beauty

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Beauty

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Aesthetics as an independent academic discipline may have faded with the 19th century, but in Roger Scruton’s vigorous, decidedly unfashionable little book, Beauty, it’s as timeless...
The Kindly Ones

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The Kindly Ones

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In this novel, an SS officer's account of his role in Nazi atrocities blends exhaustive realism and a hallucinatory excess.
Stoppard’s Chekhov: New Adaptations

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Stoppard’s Chekhov: New Adaptations

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The author of the Coast of Utopia turns again to the playwright at the heart of modern drama.
My Two Polish Grandfathers: And Other Essays on the Imaginative Life

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My Two Polish Grandfathers: And Other Essays on the Imaginative Life

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Architect and critic Witold Rybczynski is not the most introspective of souls. His newest book, My Two Polish Grandfathers: And Other Essays on the Imaginative Life, nonetheless attempts a step...
Esther’s Inheritance

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Esther’s Inheritance

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The Hungarian novelist portrays an heiress facing a collapsing way of life in this newly translated work
Words vs. Grammar: What Makes English English?

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Words vs. Grammar: What Makes English English?

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What's so special about English, anyway?
2666

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2666

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In this posthumously published epic, the author of The Savage Detectives builds a fictional universe out of the enigma of a real-world tragedy.
Violence

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Violence

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Slavoj Zizek, the prolific Slovenian cultural theorist, has never flinched in the face of our knottier political dilemmas. In Violence, his inaugural contribution to Picador’s Big...
Home

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Home

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A prodigal?s return is the subject of a novel that parallels the author?s award-winning Gilead.
My Fantoms

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My Fantoms

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The French critic and man of letters Théophile Gautier is best known, at least on these shores, as a kind of father figure to the Bohemian romantics of 19th-century Paris, famous for his coinage...
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Timed, no doubt, to the release of the upcoming feature film, Penguin Classics has reissued its collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age Stories as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button....
The White King

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The White King

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A debut novel maps the uncertain terrain of a boy?s life in Ceauçescu?s Romania.