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March 2018, Issue 462 Lucy Lethbridge on Annabella Milbanke & Ada Lovelace * Donald Rayfield on Dostoevsky's St Petersburg * Kevin Jackson on the Left Bank * Joanna Kavenna on Doris Lessing * Tom Stammers on Renoir * Jonathan Healey on Henry VIII's warfare * Christopher Coker on the Marshall Plan * Kate Adie on the runaway Jihadists * Rupert Christiansen on Debussy * Tim Stanley on Lincoln's sense of humour * John Gray on the making of cultures * Wendy Moore on dementia * Anna Minton on ethical city-building * Jonathan Meades on the New Forest * Malcolm Forbes on Blake Morrison * Davina Langdale on Catherine Poulain * David Annand on James Wood *  and much, much more…

Kevin Jackson

Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940–50

By Agnès Poirier

For a book that is crammed with adulteries, alcoholism, betrayals, broken friendships, deportations, deprivation, drug addiction, executions, humiliation, illicit abortions, imprisonment, murder, Nazi atrocities, starvation, torture chambers (on the avenue Hoche, passers-by could hear the screams coming up from the cellars’ air vents), treason and worse, Agnès Poirier’s Left Bank is a remarkably exhilarating read. Above all, it has a terrific cast, with, as leading players, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus and Maurice Merleau-Ponty... read more

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