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Books & Fiction: Harold Bloom on Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Left Hand of Darkness”

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Plus: how Paul Celan reconceived language; and should America still police the world?
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The Strange Friendships of Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Left Hand of Darkness”

The only thing that makes it possible to read and reread the best novels is not knowing what comes next, even though we have read them before.

By Harold Bloom

Essays & Criticism

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Books

How Paul Celan Reconceived Language for a Post-Holocaust World

His poems, now translated into English in their entirety, are an invitation to a new kind of reading.

By Ruth Franklin
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Should America Still Police the World?

Two recent books, by Robert Gates and Patrick Porter, present starkly different visions for the future of the United States’ primacy in world affairs.

By Daniel Immerwahr
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When the Enslaved Went South

In the four decades before the Civil War, thousands of fugitive slaves escaped from the U.S. to Mexico. Runaways found both unfamiliar risks and high rewards south of the border.

By Alice Baumgartner
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Books

Briefly Noted

“Recasting the Vote,” “What Becomes a Legend Most,” “The War of the Poor,” and “The Office of Historical Corrections.”

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Poetry

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“We Feel Now a Largeness Coming On”

“Do you see how mighty you’ve made us, / all these generations running?”

By Tracy K. Smith
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“Back from the Cannery”

“The women at our house worked in the cannery / and, afterward, at home.”

By Kirmen Uribe

The Writer’s Voice

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The Writer’s Voice: Fiction from the Magazine

Salman Rushdie Reads “The Old Man in the Piazza”

The author reads his story from the November 23, 2020, issue of the magazine.

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