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Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin: review

09 Nov 2010

This is the first book in English to explore both German and Soviet mass killings together. As a history of political mass murder, Bloodlands serves to illuminate the political sickness that reduced 14 million people to the status of non-persons …

 

Encounter: Essays by Milan Kundera: review

05 Sept 2010

To judge by the essays collected in Encounter, Milan Kundera is excited by pretty well anything of human concern, interest and puzzlement. …

 

Duke Ellington’s America by Harvey G Cohen and Thelonious Monk by Robin DG Kelley: reviews

09 July 2010

Monk’s music (‘Round Midnight’, ‘Ruby, My Dear’) is lovingly documented here. …

 

The Long Road Home by Ben Shephard: review

25 Apr 2010

The Russian troops who liberated Auschwitz in January 1945 were profoundly disturbed, even revolted by what they saw. …

 

The Kaiser’s Holocaust by David Olusoga and Casper W Erichsen: review

16 Aug 2010

If the comparisons between colonial Namibia and Nazism do not always quite convince, the book remains a vitally important addition to the ever-growing literature of atrocity and deserves to be read widely. …

 

Berlin at War by Roger Moorhouse: review

08 Aug 2010

National socialism, with its ritual humiliation of Jews and other ‘asocials’, remains the defining moment in the history of the German people …

 

Born Brilliant: The Life of Kenneth Williams by Christopher Stevens: review

31 Oct 2010

Kenneth Williams, with his nasal, camp-cockney inflections, was as corny as a whoopee cushion. Yet his death in 1988 at the early age of 62 …

 

The Death of the Adversary by Hans Keilson: review

20 May 2011

In 1977, Primo Levi, an Auschwitz survivor, wrote an article attacking films that he believed falsified the nature of Nazi violence. …

 

Deep End: A deeply sexy film resurfaces

01 May 2011

Skolimowski’s is a film of tart black comedy and striking visual poetry; a heady brew …

 

Murder, Dante-style

12 Jan 2004

In Victorian times, Dante was held up as a paragon of moral fortitude. His medieval epic of salvation and self-knowledge, The Divine Comedy, was …

 

Sexual Ealing

17 Aug 2002

Victorian Coren and pornography. Skin flicks, of the sort shown in cheesey dives, used to be associated with men in stained raincoats. Now hardcore is halfway respectable. …

Apr 2011

 

The Eitingons by Mary-Kay Wilmers: review

20 Dec 2009

Like Hitler before him, Stalin was wary of anyone who appeared ‘cosmopolitan’: Jews, in particular, were seen as a self-regarding, …

 

The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome By Roland Chambers: review

16 Aug 2009

Arthur Ransome, the sailing enthusiast, amateur angler and author of Swallows and Amazons, was a shadowy figure keen to protect his privacy. …

 

Review: Fifty Years of Carry On by Richard Webber

19 Sept 2008

Ian Thomson considers a phenomenon as British as fish and chips. Outstandingly vulgar (but rarely crude), the 31 films in the Carry On series mingled end-of-the-pier postcard sauciness with a lewd music-hall banter …

 

Facing up to the Fuhrer

03 May 2008

Ian Thomson reviews My Father’s Country: the Story of a German Family by Wibke Bruhns, tr by Shaun Whiteside; The Zookeeper’s Wife: a Forgotten Tale of Wartime Survival and Resistance by Diane Ackerman; and Clara’s War…

 

‘Like getting into bed with a smallpox victim’

29 Sept 2007

Ian Thomson reviews The Force of Destiny: a History of Italy since 1796 by Christopher Duggan. Christopher Duggan, a distinguished Italophile and professor of Italian history, describes the Mafia as a grotesque parody …

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