Reviewed in the LRB, volume 39 number 24, 14 December 2017

Books reviewed in volume 39 number 24 of The London Review of Books (14 December 2017).

A Woman’s Work

Harriet Harman

Jean McNicol writes:

Harriet Harman doesn’t make being a female MP sound very appealing. She was first elected in 1982, long before that distant nirvana of ‘fifteen, ten years ago’ ...

The Antinomies of Antonio Gramsci

Perry Anderson

Wolfgang Streeck writes:

What is the relationship between coercion and consent? Under what circumstances does power turn into authority, brute force into legitimate leadership? Can coercion work ...

The Idiot

Elif Batuman

Daniel Soar writes:

If you’re 18, without any experience of your chosen branch of higher education, your best hope of advancement – of learning to think like your elders – is to listen to ...

Gorbachev: His Life and Times

Prof. William Taubman

Neal Ascherson writes:

It was the spring of 1990, and the train from Warsaw to Vilnius had crossed the frontier. The carriage had been lifted off European rails onto the broad-gauge Russian ...

Collected Poems

Thomas Bernhard, translated by James Reidel

Michael Hofmann writes:

The posthumous progress in English of the Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard (1931-89) is marked by deaths: those of his majoritarian and minoritarian translators David ...

Donald Judd Writings

Flavin Judd and Caitlin Murray

Nicholas Penny writes:

Simon de Pury, assisted by ‘a regular contributor to Vanity Fair’, has written a book about his ascent to the top of the art world: the auctions he conducted, the ...