Stalin

orwell nineteen eighty-four

How does today’s world compare with Orwell’s nightmare vision?

June 20, 2019 1:28 pm

The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four by Dorian Lynskey reviewed

vasily grossman

Vasily Grossman: eyewitness to the 20th century’s worst atrocities

April 18, 2019 10:41 am

Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century by Alexandra Popoff reviewed

cute

What makes Kim Jong-il cute — and Barack Obama not?

March 28, 2019 11:53 am

The Power of Cute by Simon May reviewed

teffi totalitarianism

The best way to defeat totalitarianism? Treat it as a joke

January 17, 2019 11:09 am

Teffi: A Life of Letters and of Laughter by Edythe Haber reviewed

The spying game: when has espionage changed the course of history?

June 28, 2018 4:33 pm

Andrew’s story is full of intriguing facts and pleasing anecdotes. But he does not quite engage with the broader questions he himself raises.

From Stalin’s poetry to Saddam’s romances: the terrible prose of tyrants

April 26, 2018 7:42 pm

‘Reading makes the world better. It is how humans merge. How minds connect… Reading is love in action.’ Those are…