New on nybooks.com: A new view of the Russian Revolution, a translation of Virgil’s Aeneid, the heyday of New York repertory movie theaters, Putin and history, and three perspectives on the year since Donald Trump’s election.
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The Bolsheviks, Yuri Slezkine’s monumental new study The House of Government suggests, were condemned to repeat history—a history driven not by class struggle, as they thought, but by theology.
David Ferry’s new translation of the Aeneid is an iteration, another version, but also—perhaps, almost—the thing itself.
A superb new book captures the phenomenon of New York repertory movie theaters and places it in historical context.
In the revised version of Russian history, Vladimir Putin appears as the savior tsar.
The only character I can think of in the world literature who resembles Donald Trump is Père Ubu in the play Ubu Roi.
It feels as if the world has taken a bad turn on its axis and we are now in a different, awful era.
In a weak democracy, an authoritarian leader like Trump could do widespread and lasting damage.