Jun 8th 2019

Smoke and dust Vasily Grossman, the greatest bard of the second world war

Smoke and dust Vasily Grossman, the greatest bard of the second world war

Like “Life and Fate”, the newly translated “Stalingrad” is a masterpiece Stalingrad: A Novel. By Vasily Grossman. Translated by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler. NYRB Classics; 1,088 pages; $27.95. Harvill Secker; £25. Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century. By Alexandra Popoff. Yale University Press; 424 pages; $32.50 and £25. DURING HIS final years, Vasily Grossman kept a few cherished mementoes in …

Dismal professionals The trouble with economics

Dismal professionals The trouble with economics

Jonathan Aldred thinks economists are too reductive. Is he right? Licence to be Bad: How Economics Corrupted Us. By Jonathan Aldred.Allen Lane; 320 pages; £25. IN THOMAS GRADGRIND, Charles Dickens created an educator who saw his pupils as “reasoning animals”, with heads that should be filled with facts and little more. In “Licence to be Bad”, …