Marx’s Capitalist

The Frock-Coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels by Tristram Hunt

Agent of his Own Downfall

The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin’s Service by Andrew Meier

In Rude Health

Political power and its abuses are the central concerns of three fine new productions: England People Very nice, Burnt by the Sun and King Lear

How I Rewrote Polish History

Poland used to be written off as a failed state. But it has survived Nazism and communism to become a model for Europe

Postcards From the Damned

Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada
The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

Beacon of Liberty Amid Depression

Just over 70 years ago, a group of intellectuals met in Paris to revive liberalism. Their views have an eerie echo today

Prague: Diary

‘The post-1989 temptation in Prague has been two-fold. The first has been to legislate the totalitarian past out of existence, the second has been to copy the liberal West blindly at a lag of 20 years’

A Blind Eye to Stalin

Soviet Constructivism is coming to town in the (emotionless) shape of an exhibition at Tate Britain

Shooting Script

A new film about Che Guevara stirs memories of a grim and bloody episode in his career

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"