Arts & Books
We can now read the official reflections of British diplomacy as it battled with the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s. The documents reveal fascinating differences of opinion
William Hazlitt was one of the great geniuses of English letters. AC Grayling, who is himself completing a biography of Hazlitt, generously recommends Tom Paulin's rival work but questions his claim...
It is more than 20 years since Edward O Wilson first presented sociobiology as a Darwinian meta-theory. His latest book still aims to reconcile culture and biology and is as over-ambitious as ever
Octavio Paz, who died in April, was the great poet-critic of Latin America. Michael Schmidt, a friend and translator of his work, recalls his journey from Marxist to maestro
A comedy about the Holocaust? It sounds grotesque but it works, and it might turn out to be the unexpected hit of this year's Cannes film festival
Down with the public sector, long live public spending! Rick Nye considers a new book which argues that if Blair's active government is to make a difference it needs to go further than the Tories in...
A French book on communism equates Hitler's "genocide of race" with Stalin's "genocide of class." Timothy Garton Ash considers the implications of comparing Nazism and communism
Much has been written about Heidegger's involvement with the Nazis. But Desmond Christy welcomes a new biography which refrains from hasty judgements, and lets the life speak for itself
As Israel reaches 50, Jo Glanville reveals how a Victorian gentile, George Eliot, played a central part in the birth of its national language