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Books & Fiction: Yoko Ogawa’s “The Memory Police”

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How “The Memory Police” Makes You See

Like Colson Whitehead’s “Underground Railroad” and Mohsin Hamid’s “Exit West,” Yoko Ogawa’s novel transforms a familiar metaphor into imaginative truth.

By Jia Tolentino

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What W. E. B. Du Bois Conveyed in His Captivating Infographics

A new book reprints some of the striking photographs and statistical graphics that Du Bois and his curators commissioned for an exhibit at the 1900 World’s Fair.

By Hua Hsu
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How Dreams Change Under Authoritarianism

When the Nazis came to power, the writer Charlotte Beradt began collecting people’s dreams. The resulting book uncovered the effects the regime had on the collective unconscious.

By Mireille Juchau
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The Many Voices of Charles Wright

In the past fifty years, his poems have taken many audacious forms. They sound little like one another, but he always sounds like himself.

By Dan Chiasson
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By Vladimir Nabokov

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