Read it twice. A magazine of culture and ideas, from many Europes and many languages.
A European Review of Books would sound thrice-doomed. And yet here we are.
Books. And art, poetry, music, film, theater, architecture, politics, ideas, jokes (The European Review of Untranslatable Jokes), come what may. We hold books aloft as a capsule, a human record, a sustained endeavor aimed at both the present and the future. Crises come and go but you can always throw a book at someone.
Review. The review is all too often reduced to decoration, entertainment, tip – a sad miniature of the humanities in public life. How dreadful are “3 stars”, or 4, or even 5! The scale itself is a mediocrity. We want the brilliant essay: enemy of the platitude, antidote to the measly opinion, avenue to the arcane, the profane, the grand.
Europe. For there are a thousand Europes, and we are already living in them: the common Europe, the migrant’s Europe, the tourist’s Europe, the refugee’s Europe, the postcolonial Europe, the denizen’s Europe, the Europe with euros and the Europe without euros, the Europe of Eurovision, the pre-national Europe, the post-national Europe, perhaps the post-European Europe.
And the Europe of many languages. The ERB seizes a linguistic paradox: the ubiquity of English—a post-American English, a low common denominator—lets a magazine reach beyond, al di là di, ötesinde, jenseits. Pieces written in Greek or Arabic or Italian or Polish or Dutch—or, or, or—will be available in English translation and in the original.
In this issue:
Issue Four of the ERB is blue – sky blue – and within its covers are some first-rate forays and unlikely excavations.
Ali Smith on Virginia Woolf. George Blaustein on Schwarzeneggerology. The most important unreviewed books of our times (all four volumes of Xi Jinping’s The Governance of China), reviewed. You also won’t want to miss Issue Four’s inquiries into peripheral Europe, Paleolithic art, ancient mining practices and medieval darlings. Nor its stories about Jim Jarmusch, a Polish graveyard, a Greek island, Italian post-pandemic life and Ukrainian longing. Plus: some truly bad writing advice.
All with the ERB’s remarkable print design: turn the pages to read, but cut the pages for a second layer of depth and digression.
Illustration - Literature
Firewords is the anthology of fiery fiction & poetry brought to life with visual flair. In this issue:95 SEK
The Happy Reader – Issue 19, Tilda Swinton
The Happy Reader is a new magazine published by Penguin Classics in collaboration with the creators of the award-winning Fantastic Man. For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, it is…..79 SEK
Literature - Music
The Believer #139
The Believer is a bimonthly magazine where length is no object.
There are pieces on books that are not necessarily timely, and that are very often very long.
There are interviews that are also very long……175 SEK