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Vivian Gornick

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Vivian Gornick

Vivian Gornick is an essayist and critic. Her biography of Emma Goldman is forthcoming from Yale.


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An eloquent portrait of underground life among the undocumented and the damned of the earth.

Seeing not a person but a thing was the crime of crimes for Primo Levi.

The soul-destroying weariness in A.B. Yehoshua’s stories seems as old as time itself—and unique to contemporary Israel.

On a Farther Shore captures the conservationist’s deep sense of geologic time and the forces of evolution.

This is the second time in living memory that an American movement protesting social injustice has embraced her.

Jonathan Raban has made a persona out of the self that feels nowhere at home.

Rosa Luxemburg wanted it all: books and music, sex and art, evening walks and the revolution. Her lover, Leo Jogiches, told her this was nonsense.