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Poland and Russia both think of Ukraine as a seat of authentic Slavic culture. A new translation of Józef Czapski’s war memoir highlights how this has often clashed with Ukraine’s independence.
Garth Greenwell’s Cleanness movingly depicts the vulnerabilities of queer desire, but it also continues a long tradition of exoticizing Eastern European sexuality.
For the philosopher and intellectual historian Hans Blumenberg, myths and metaphors were pivotal to philosophical thinking, not opposed to it.
From the bisexual demimonde of prewar Paris to investigating Soviet war crimes, Józef Czapski’s life encapsulates the extremes of twentieth-century Europe.
Novelist Olga Tokarczuk, winner of the Booker International Prize, presents a multicultural Poland, to the ire of the Polish far-right.
A new anthology is dedicated to the scholar who saw nostalgia as a radical rebellion against modern ideas of time.
The best teaching is always intimate. Today's universities make it difficult to talk about that.
To understand why Europe seems more balkanized now than ever, we must look to Eastern Europe's failed reconstruction.
A new generation of young Polish novelists has turned to dystopia to express Poland's cultural and economic contradictions.
A nominee for the National Book Award.
It’s become something of a joke: when you reach for a Michel Houellebecq novel, you brace yourself.