FIVE BEST: A PERSONAL CHOICE

Richard Cohen on British crime novels 

A ship docks safely in post-World War I London, but some of the casks it carries have been damaged during the voyage. Two leak wine; from a third drop five gold sovereigns, and a human hand. No fewer than three detectives enter the chase…

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From the Russian, with Love

‘Anna Karenina’ Infinitely Translated 

For many, Anna Karenina, first published in 1878, is the world’s greatest novel, and maybe the most loved. William Faulkner described it as “the best ever written,” and the same judgment was made in a 2007 Time poll of 125 contemporary authors. Yet most of us read it not in Tolstoy’s language, but our own.

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Harper Lee Leaves the Club

The List of One-Novel Novelists Is Shorter by One

Harper (appropriately) has unleashed a two-million-copy first printing of Harper Lee’s second-to-be-published novel, Go Set a Watchman, and in doing so has removed her from a unique group—the ninety or so celebrated authors who have published just a single novel.

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