Never Quite Past: “The Taste of Ashes”, by Marci Shore (Review)

Throughout the 1990's and into the 2000's, Marci Shore lived and studied in the former USSR states of Poland and the Czech Republic, seeking to understand the legacy of the former totalitarian regimes. In this uneven but disquieting book, she soon discovers that the Soviet past still hasn't ended, and is shaping the present in many unsettling ways.

Just the Facts?: “Ryszard Kapuściński: A Life”, by Artur Domosławski (Review)

Ryszard Kapuściński (1932-2007) overcame humble beginnings and a war-torn childhood to become the most famous journalist of the 20th century, covering revolutions from around the globe and creating a form of literary journalism all his own. In this biography, Artur Domosławski sets out on a quest to disentangle fact from fiction, and the man from the myth.

Living by the Sword: “Angel of Vengeance” by Ana Siljak (Review)

In 1878, the Governor of St. Petersburg was shot at point-blank range in an assassination attempt. To everyone's surprise, the perpetrator was a young woman named Vera Zasulich, whose violent act seemed to form an odd contrast with her quiet demeanour. In this story of radicalism, Ana Siljak uncovers how one seemingly ordinary woman triggered the birth of Russian Terrorism.