Reviewed in the LRB, volume 42 number 7, 2 April 2020

Books reviewed in volume 42 number 7 of The London Review of Books (2 April 2020).

Modern Art

J. K. Huysmans

Julian Barnes writes:

N ineteenth-century​ French art, and French artists, were fortunate to have the backing of some of the best writers of the day. Stendhal, Baudelaire, Gautier, Goncourt, ...

Richard III: The Self-Made King

Michael Hicks

John Guy writes:

O ne​ freezing february morning in 1461, a tall, charismatic, supremely intelligent, gimlet-eyed teenager with a fine mop of fair hair won a battle near a muddy crossroads in ...

The Besieged City

Clarice Lispector

Rivka Galchen writes:

C larice Lispector​ was born in 1920 to Jewish parents, in the small town of Chechelnik in Ukraine. It was hoped that the pregnancy would cure her mother’s syphilis, ...

The Chandelier

Clarice Lispector, translated by Benjamin Moser and Magdalena Edwards

Rivka Galchen writes:

C larice Lispector​ was born in 1920 to Jewish parents, in the small town of Chechelnik in Ukraine. It was hoped that the pregnancy would cure her mother’s syphilis, ...

Childhood: Two Novellas

Gerard Reve, translated by Sam Garrett

Joe Dunthorne writes:

I n​ 1963, the novelist Gerard Reve became the first openly gay public figure in the Netherlands. By the end of the decade, it was known that he lived with two friends in ...