Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?: Books

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?: Books

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.

Matthew Feldman, co-director of the Centre for Fascist, Anti-fascist and Post-fascist Studies, Teesside University, is reading Rory Yeomans' Visions of Annihilation: The Ustasha Regime and the Cultural Politics of Fascism, 1941-1945 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013). "Shocking stuff: Catholic piety and asceticism, even a 'Movement against Swearing', coupled with genocide against Serbs, travellers and Jews. Yeomans focuses on gender and culture in the ripping-apart of Yugoslav society during the Second World War, which 'shocked even hardened Nazi commanders'. This paradoxical regime remains a challenge to comprehension - albeit one made morbidly accessible here."

Les Gofton, teaching fellow in the department of sociology, Durham University, is reading Donald Fagen's Eminent Hipsters (Jonathan Cape, 2013). "An unalloyed joy. Part evocation of baby boomer obsessions, part biography and mostly celebration: of science fiction and TV detectives, of jazz and film-music madeleines ranging from Connee Boswell to Miles Davis. It is poignant to see heroes reduced to billing below the puppet shows and the animal acts, and their audiences are ageing - 'There are bodies on slabs decomposing, and mummies' - but who can resist such caustic candour?"

Tim Hall, professor of interdisciplinary social studies, University of Winchester, is reading Michael Connelly's The Black Echo (Orion, 1992). …

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