Category Archive: communism

Jongwoo Park: DMZ, by Jongwoo Park @ NYJB

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The DMZ between North and South Korea has never been photographed, either by civilians or the military … until now.

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Paradise Now, by Chris Jennings @ NYJB

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“Paradise Now” by Chris Jennings is “a book not only fascinating but necessary for these trying times.”

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Hitler Saved My Life: WARNING―This Book Makes Jokes About the Third Reich, the Reign of Terror, World War I, Cancer, Millard Fillmore, Chernobyl, and … Nude Photograph of an Unattractive Man. by Jim Riswold @ NYJB

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“This isn’t the usual tearjerker cancer story. It is a gleefully offensive cancer story. It is the Blazing Saddles of cancer stories.”

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Gerhard Richter: Panorama: A Retrospective: Expanded Edition, by Mark Godfrey @ NYJB

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“Gerhard Richter: Panorama” offers a means to delve into the artistic practice of an iconic figure in modern European art.

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The Art of Reviewing: Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays, by Cynthia Ozick

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Like Updike, Anthony Burgess, and Vladimir Nabokov, Cynthia Ozick writes reviews with lush prose, each essay a stimulant to those seeking the beautiful interplay of ideas, language, and strong opinions.

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Translation Tuesdays: The Fox Was Ever the Hunter, by Herta Muller @NYJB

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Ms. Müller won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2009. The Swedish Academy awarded it because her writing is imbued “with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed.” Despite the spies, surveillance, and tyranny, the Romania she presents appears like a fairy tale.

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Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn, by Daniel Gordis @ NYJB

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“For those interested in an introductory volume about the Jewish people and Israeli history, this book is highly recommended.”

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Translation Tuesdays: Abahn Sabana David, by Marguerite Duras @ NYJB

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“Abahn Sabana David” by Marguerite Duras is “a fable about ideological extremism under an avant-garde skin.”

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The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939–1945, by Nicholas Stargardt @NYJB

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“The German War” is an important scholarly achievement in the field of modern German history, and it is written with an epic narrative sweep.

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After Hitler: The Last Ten Days of World War II in Europe, by Michael Jones @ NYJB

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“After Hitler” by Michael Jones is “a brilliant exploration of the final days of the European theater, valuable in its military analysis and generous use of eyewitness accounts.”

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