The Chernobyl Syndrome

Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future by Kate Brown Norton, 420 pp., $27.95 Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham Simon and Schuster, 538 pp., $29.95 Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe by Serhii Plokhy Basic Books, 404 pp., $32.00 TASS/Valery Zufarov/Vladimir Repik/Getty …

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The comical, true-life story behind “Our Man in Havana”

Our Man Down in Havana: The Story Behind Graham Greene’s Cold War Spy Novel. By Christopher Hull. Pegasus Books; 324 pages; $25.95. W.W. Norton; £19.99. GRAHAM GREENE’S life was a gift to biographers. They—and the author himself—have amply chronicled his adventurous stints in exotic locations, his work as a secret agent, his love affairs and …

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In Y.A., Where Is the Line Between Criticism and Cancel Culture?

Late last month, the author Kosoko Jackson withdrew the publication of his début young-adult novel, “A Place for Wolves,” which had been slated for a March 26th release. The book, which follows two American boys as they fall in love against the backdrop of the Kosovo War, had garnered advance praise (“a tension-filled war setting, …

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CALL ME BY YOUR NAME Sequel is Coming This October

Get ready for another romantic trip to Italy, because author André Aciman has announced he’s working on a sequel to Call Me By Your Name. via GIPHY According to publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Find Me is expected to hit shelves on October 29, 2019. The sequel will revisit young lovers Elio and Oliver, as well …

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Rite of Passage: Moroccan Boys Reach for Europe

Louis Witter/Le Pictorium AgencyMoroccan minors who have managed to enter the Port of Ceuta in Morocco and are waiting to attempt to board the ferries to Spain are thrown food by friends on the other side of the port’s walls, Ceuta, February 20, 2019 They’re between fourteen and eighteen years old—baby-faced, with big smiles, despite …

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The Many Explanations: On Siri Hustvedt’s “Memories of the Future”

MARCH 19, 2019 “EVERYTHING IS AUTOBIOGRAPHY and nothing is,” Siri Hustvedt told Guernica’s Meara Sharma in 2017. In Hustvedt’s new novel, Memories of the Future, the main character finds herself ghostwriting an elderly rich woman’s autobiography: “a work of fiction like all autobiography is,” she concludes. This melding of fact and fiction, the unreliability of …

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A timely history of the Irish border

The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics. By Diarmaid Ferriter. Profile Books; 192 pages; £12.99 WHENEVER AN INTER-STATE border is inserted into a hitherto seamless terrain, the consequences will range from the farcical to the tragic, and many will be unexpected. It matters a lot whether the border is hard or soft. A key …

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