contents march 2016 • issue 440 Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Editor-at-Large Jeremy Lewis Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley • David Gelber Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Editorial Assistant Francesca Carington Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Marketing Manager Katherine Bogden Bayard Founding Father Auberon Waugh Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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pulpit 2 Kathryn Hughes biography 8 John Banville

The Astronomer and the Witch: Johannes Kepler’s Fight for His Mother Ulinka Rublack 9 Stoddard Martin

Summer Before the Dark: Stefan Zweig & Joseph Roth, Ostend 1936 Volker Weidermann 11 Adam LeBor

Raoul Wallenberg: The Biography Ingrid Carlberg 12 Donald Trelford

David Astor: A Life in Print Jeremy Lewis 14 Dominic Green

Jumpin’ Jack Flash: David Litvinoff & the Rock’n’Roll Underworld Keiron Pim philosophers 16 John Gray

At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being & Apricot Cocktails Sarah Bakewell architecture & us 18 Jonathan Meades

Slow Burn City: London in the Twenty-First Century Rowan Moore 19 Gavin Stamp

The Ministry of Nostalgia Owen Hatherley foreign parts 21 Jonathan Mirsky

China’s Hidden Children: Abandonment, Adoption, & the Human Costs of the One-Child Policy Kay Ann Johnson • One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment Mei Fong 22 Jonathan Keates

The Global City: On the Streets of Renaissance Lisbon (edd) Annemarie Jordan Gschwend & K J P Lowe 24 Charles Allen

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives Sunil Khilnani 25 John Sweeney

The Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea’s Abduction Project Robert S Boynton