Although Goya (1746–1828) received no portrait commissions until he was 37, such works make up nearly a third of his painted oeuvre. Produced to accompany an exhibition of more than 60 portraits, this volume reveals the range of Goya’s technical and stylistic achievements. In particular, it shows how the artist built on the model of earlier court painters, including Velázquez, while giving new psychological depth to depictions of the royalty, philosophers and military men of his own revolutionary times.
The Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg is one of the heroes of the Second World War, whose courageous actions saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis, and ultimately cost him his life. Juxtaposing her own research with Wallenberg’s story, the author reveals how he and his helpers created a system of protected passports and safe houses, and uncovers the truth about his mysterious death at the hands of the Soviets.
Between the Wars
Philip Ziegler offers a panoramic overview of the two decades between the wars, describing 'a period of change that, though dramatic, was at times almost imperceptible'. The 21 essays in this lucid and readable history examine the major turning points that led from one war to another and shaped the world as we know it: Home Rule in Ireland, the General Strike, the Wall Street Crash, Gandhi's March to the Sea, Hitler's rise to power, the Japanese invasion of China, and the Spanish Civil War.
The Great Swindle
A winner of the Prix Goncourt, this powerful novel follows Henri d’Aulnay Pradelle, a lieutenant who shoots two of his own men, from the Western Front into the dark side of post-war France, where Pradelle’s fate becomes entangled with two men who know of his crime. Translated by Frank Wynne.
Hollywood star, Oscar-winning director, the greatest stage actor of the 20th century – Laurence Olivier's singular triumphs were due above all to two things: talent and a ravenous determination to succeed. In this much-acclaimed biography, Ziegler draws on over 50 hours of unpublished interviews to offer the fullest portrait yet of the legendary actor, both on and off stage, and in films from Henry V to The Prince and the Showgirl with Marilyn Monroe.
The Expo Files
and Other Articles by a Crusading Journalist
Now best known as the author of the bestselling Millennium Trilogy crime novels, as a professional journalist Stieg Larsson was an untiring crusader for democracy and equality. While editor of the journal Expo he researched the extreme right both in Sweden and internationally. This book brings together his essays and articles on right-wing extremism, racism, violence against women, homophobia and honour killings. Translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson; introduction by Tariq Ali.