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Biography 28.4 (2005) 699-734

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Contributing editors Nell Altizer, Pat Angley, Alana Bell, Judith Lüutge Coullie, Michael Fassiotto, Marie-Christine Garneau, Théo Garneau, Douglas Hilt, Noel Kent, Gabriel Merle, Dawn Morais, Barbara Bennett Peterson, Forrest R. Pitts, and Valeria Wenderoth provided the excerpts for this issue.

Publications reviewed include America, American Scientist, L'Espresso, Far Eastern Economic Review, French Review, French Studies, Gay and Lesbian Review, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian Weekly, Journal of Asian Studies, Le Mondes des Livres, The New York Review of Books (NYRB), New York Times Book Review (NYTBR), Le Nouvel Observateur, Pacific Historical Review, Presidential Studies Quarterly, La Republica, Science, Studi Francesi, and the Times Literary Supplement (TLS), and from South Africa, Cape Argus, LitNet, The Mail and Guardian, Pretoria News, Saturday Dispatch, Sowetan, Sunday Independent, The Witness, and The Zimbabwean.

Akhmatova, Anna

Anna of All the Russias: The Life of Anna Akhmatova. Elaine Feinstein. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005. 322 pp. $39.95.

"This volume is a magnificent achievement for Elaine Feinstein, previously mainly known as a biographer of, among others, the tragic English poet Ted Hughes, the classic Russian versifier Pushkin, killed in a duel, and the female Russian poet Marina Tsvetayeva, a contemporary in time and in suffering of Feinstein's latest subject. It is a book that will greatly advance the understanding in the West of one of the defining literary personalities of the bloody and heartbreaking 20th century."

Stephen Schwartz. Globe and Mail, Sept. 3, 2005: D16

Alain-Fournier, Henri Fournier dit

Alain-Fournier. Violaine Massenet. Paris: Flammarion, 2005. 302 pp. Eur23.

"Perhaps my future book will be an imperceptable, continuous coming and going between dream and reality," said the budding author of Le Grand Meaulnes to his friend Jacques Rivière. It was. Violaine Massenet goes back over the years of apprenticeship and the patient conquest of literary maturity of one of the rarest writers of the Belle Epoque. In Alain-Fournier the nostalgia of childhood was an inexhaustible symbol: it was a drama, akin to the Christian theme of the-world-before-the-Sin, or to the brutal disappearance of what Stefan Zweig called the world of yesterday.

Thomas Régnier. Le Nouvel Observateur, Sept. 1, 2005: 91. [End Page 699]

Amiry, Suad

Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries. Suad Amiry. New York: Granta, 2005. 194 pp. $31.95.

"The title . . . refers to the source of Amiry's main irritants during the height of the al-Aqsa intifada in spring, 2002, when the army's invasion of Ramallah forces Amiry to take in her 92-year-old mother-in-law. . . . Amiry's approach . . . is to chronicle the stuff of daily life, rather than to pontificate on weighty issues. . . . Amiry's voice is authentically Palestinian, and her anecdotes provide a close-up of life in the West Bank that takes the reader much further than daily newspaper articles do."

Nomi Morris. Globe and Mail, Sept. 17, 2005: D18

Andersen, Hans Christian

Hans Christian Andersen: A New Life. Jens Andersen. Trans. Tina Nunnally. Woodstock, NY: Overlook, 2005. 622 pp. $52.50.

The biography moves "backward and forward in time, placing Andersen within a vivid social history. . . . [P]art of the challenge Jens Andersen has set for himself [is] to cut through some of the myths, many of them of the author's own making." The book is "a great gift to the English-speaking world on this 200th anniversary of Andersen's birth."

Philip Coulter. Globe and Mail, July 16, 2005: D8

Arendt, Hannah

Journal de pensée (1950–1973). Vol. 1 (Juin 1950–Février 1954). Vol. 2 (Mars 1954–1973). Hannah Arendt. Ed. Ursula Ludz and Ingeborg Nordmann. Translated from German and English by Sylvie Courtine-Denamy. Paris: Seuil, "L'ordre philosophique," 2005. 1324 pp. Eur75.

This bizarre thing is not really a diary, still less an intimate diary; it is a kind of "portable archive," lightening the foundations of her work, and in particular the links between the origins of totalitarianism and the condition of modern man. This publication, which will probably be more useful to researchers than to the general...


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