Issue: January 2009

Wives and Mistresses

Hester by Ian McIntyre
Lady Worsley’s Whim by Hallie Rubenhold

All Human Life is Here

The Arabian Nights translated by Malcolm C. Lyons with Ursula Lyons, introduced and annotated by Robert Irwi

The Ancient Entertainer

The Man who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus by Justin Marozzi

Amoral Equivalence

Beyond Terror and Martyrdom by Gilles Kepel
The Case Against Israel’s Enemies by Alan Dershowitz

Bathetic Effort

David Hare's new play has been mistaken for great political theatre

Milking it For All it’s Worth

As Hollywood prepares for the annual Oscar bash, the signs are it isn't going to be a vintage year

Cycles of Violence

The Armies by Evelio Rosero, translated by Anne McLean

Shooting Script

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

La Commedia è Finita

There's not much to laugh at these days - especially if you're working class

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"