1. Alistair Horne on Syria →

    Alistair Horne, author of A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962, wrote an article about the Syrian conflict and what Western countries should do about it.

  2. An Ermine in Czernopol

    You may have noticed that we’ve been talking a lot recently about Gregor von Rezzori’s An Ermine in Czernopol. It’s because it’s a bit of a staff favorite, and it has been getting a lot of reviews and attention, and next week Wallace Shawn and Deborah Eisenberg will be reading from it next week.


    The Nation
    The Rumpus
    The Spectator
    Bookforum (sorry, article is behind a paywall)
    The Quarterley Conversation
    The Three Percent


    It’s next Wednesday (2/22) at 7pm at The Center for Fiction. Again, Deborah Eisenberg and Wallace Shawn will be reading.

    Staff Favorite:

    Just personal taste. Plus our edition translated by Philip Boehm is a new and vastly improved.

  3. An Ermine in Czernopol by Gregor von Rezzori

    Gregor von Rezzori’s An Ermine in Czernopol got a great review in the British magazine The Spectator's “Book Club”. It’s a bit of a staff favorite here as well :

    The novel is a sensuous celebration of the variety and detail of life, and of the distinctive perceptions of childhood, which readers will be inclined to compare with Proust. It is a profound reflection on a period that generated the anti-Semitic pogroms which culminated in the Nazis, though it does not in any way feel dated.