Robert Zaretsky reviews Sarah Bakewell’s “Humanly Possible: Seven Hundred Years of Humanist Freethinking, Inquiry, and Hope.”
Robert Zaretsky is invigorated by Michael Ignatieff’s “On Consolation: Finding Solace in Dark Times.”
Robert Zaretsky unmasks the continuing relevance of Molière.
Robert Zaretsky admires the aesthetic and moral clarity of Laura Marris’s new translation of Camus’s “The Plague.”
Robert Zaretsky reflects on the life and work of French philosopher Vladimir Jankélévitch, and the supernatural nature of true forgiveness.
Robert Zaretsky explores love in the time of the pandemic through the life and ideas of Stendhal.
Simone de Beauvoir’s advice to the lovelorn.
A rich and rewarding study of political leadership in the 18th and 19th centuries.
On the inspirational lyricism of Camus’s essays.
Robert Zaretsky finds reasons for hope in “Twilight of Democracy” by Anne Applebaum.
Robert Zaretsky picks apart “Diary of a Foreigner in Paris” by Curzio Malaparte.
Robert Zaretsky moves through Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” as the pandemic takes its course.