The New York Review of Books – December 8, 2022:
The Circuitous Sublime
Like most hauntings, Fleur Jaeggy’s books are often quite baroque, but they cast a strange spell that causes everyone to remember them as nothing but austere.
Sweet Days of Discipline by Fleur Jaeggy, translated from the Italian by Tim Parks
The Water Statues by Fleur Jaeggy, translated from the Italian by Gini Alhadeff
I Am the Brother of XX by Fleur Jaeggy, translated from the Italian by Gini Alhadeff
Road Maps for the Soul
The Philosophy of Modern Song can be read as a tour journal, refracted through one lonely song after another.
The Philosophy of Modern Song by Bob Dylan
A Peopled Wilderness
We must find new ways to act toward animals in a world dominated everywhere by human power and activity.
‘A Great Democratic Revolution’
Alexis de Tocqueville left France to study the American prison system and returned with the material that would become “Democracy in America.”
The Man Who Understood Democracy: The Life of Alexis de Tocqueville by Olivier Zunz