Book Reviews

To Hell and Back

An Italian master’s unlikely depictions of Dante’s dark vision

by Graeme Wood | Monday, November 07, 2022

Botticelli’s Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance · by Joseph Luzzi

Of Dharma and Doom

A fresh translation revives the ending of an ancient Indian epic

by Sunil Iyengar | Monday, September 05, 2022

After the War: The Last Books of the Mahabharata · Wendy Doniger

Power of the Peoples

American history was shaped as much by Native Americans as by their colonizers

by Andrew Graybill | Thursday, September 01, 2022

Indigenous Continent: The Epic Contest for North America · by Pekka Hämäläinen

Building Up and Breaking Down

What happens when the structures we erect plunge us into despair?

by Amanda Kolson Hurley | Thursday, September 01, 2022

Bold Ventures: Thirteen Tales of Architectural Tragedy · by Charlotte Van den Broeck (trans. from the Dutch by David McKay)


The brief flowering of an intellectual mecca in 1790s Germany

by Steven G. Kellman | Thursday, September 01, 2022

Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self · by Andrea Wulf

The Ephemeral Art

How a Russian impresario revolutionized dance

by Vivien Schweitzer | Thursday, September 01, 2022

Diaghilev’s Empire: How the Ballets Russes Enthralled the World · by Rupert Christiansen

Zeal of the Convert

A new biography charts a Peruvian seeker’s spiritual quest

by Randy Rosenthal | Thursday, September 01, 2022

The Prophet of the Andes: An Unlikely Journey to the Promised Landy (trans. from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman) · by Graciela Mochkofsk

Morals, Meaning, and Nonsense

Ethical inquiry requires lived experience, not just logical examination

by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen | Monday, August 15, 2022

Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Brought Philosophy Back to Life · by Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman

Different People, Different Stories

On the complexities of lumping psychiatric patients into categories

by Kathryn Tabb | Monday, August 01, 2022

he Ceiling Outside: The Science and Experience of the Disrupted Mind · by Noga Arikha

More Than a ‘Mere Echo’

English versions of foreign literature must stand on their own

by Lauren Elkin | Monday, July 11, 2022

Translating Myself and Others · by Jhumpa Lahiri

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