Part of a mid-20th-century cadre of sophists, he wrote prodigiously, and iconoclastically, in left-leaning journals while earning distinction as a sociologist.
In her wide-ranging essays, the Danish writer Inger Christensen, who died in 2009, cuts her towering erudition with mischief and generosity.
Daisy Johnson’s debut novel, “Everything Under,” a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, riffs on timeless myths to document a daughter’s desperate search.
Sue Prideaux’s “I Am Dynamite!” and John Kaag’s “Hiking With Nietzsche” offer modern interpretations of a highly controversial thinker.
Twenty years after Bill Clinton was impeached, “The Clinton Affair” and “Slow Burn” put the women who accused him of sexual misconduct in a new light.
Stephen M. Walt’s “The Hell of Good Intentions” takes a critical look at how Washington has handled international affairs over the last several years.
Max Hastings’s “Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975” condemns all sides for corruption, cynicism and outright cruelty.
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
The former first lady and a star of ABC’s “black-ish” talk about Mrs. Obama’s memoir, feeling “good enough” and what it really means to “go high.”
Mr. del Paso, whose novels were rife with digressions, allusions and metaphors stacked on metaphors, won the prestigious Miguel de Cervantes Prize in 2015.
Based on the first book of the beloved Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante, the series faces high expectations. How does it fare? Here’s what to read.
Hilary Spurling’s latest biography is of the English writer whose 12-novel cycle, “A Dance to the Music of Time,” maintains its irony, wit and resonance.
Louisa Hall’s novel “Trinity” tells the story of the father of the atomic bomb by way of the people who were around him and reacted to him.
The novelist, who died on Friday, later found his voice as a screenwriter and teller of Hollywood tales.
In “Debussy: A Painter in Sound,” the Stravinsky biographer Stephen Walsh focuses on the music.
The pianist Jeremy Denk reviews the biography “Schumann: The Faces and the Masks,” by Judith Chernaik.
“Fryderyk Chopin,” a magisterial new biography by Alan Walker, offers fresh insight into the legendary pianist and composer, whose reputation thrived after a life cut short by illness.
In “The Desert and the Sea,” Michael Scott Moore recounts his ordeal being held captive by Somali pirates for more than two years.
The Pulitzer Prize board said it “did not find evidence warranting removal” of Mr. Díaz after a five-month inquiry into sexual misconduct accusations.
A biologist and writer who dared to challenge Soviet pseudoscience, he was declared insane, confined to an institution and stripped of his citizenship.


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