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The Hungarian-born author Arthur Koestler, best known for his novel "Darkness At Noon," at his home in Alpbach, Austria.

‘Darkness at Noon’ Revisited

A new translation of Arthur Koestler’s classic dystopian novel reveals what’s relevant to our age—and what isn’t.

Frames of Chinese President Xi Jinping, US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are display in a photo shop in Beijing on April 17, 2017.

Democracy Is Fighting for Its Life

Around the world, political freedom isn’t just slipping away—it’s getting dragged down by fervent enemies.

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Books in Brief

Reviews of the latest releases on mosquitoes, the Islamic State, and Kim Jong Un.

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Books in Brief

Reviews of the latest releases on mosquitoes, the Islamic State, and Kim Jong Un.

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Europe’s Ever Closer Confusion

A newly translated novel portrays the European Union’s search for meaning as a historical reckoning—and a comedy of manners.

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Who Will Win the Self-Driving Future?

China and the United States have drastically different visions for autonomous transportation.

Document of the Week: Facebook Disappoints Authorities—Again

The doctored Nancy Pelosi video hardly marks the first time the social media giant has faced backlash. Consider Germany in 2015.

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Books in Brief

Recent releases on Richard Holbrooke, America’s hidden empire, and the untold story of Chernobyl.

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Books in Brief

Recent releases on Richard Holbrooke, America’s hidden empire, and the untold story of Chernobyl.

Odette Sansom served as a courier spy in Britain’s Special Operations Executive during World War II. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Writing Women at War

A slate of new releases reexamine gender in conflict.

Books about Chinese President Xi Jinping are displayed at the Beijing International Book Fair in Beijing on Aug. 23, 2018. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

China Is Burning Books Again

Censors are on the lookout for political mistakes—even in print runs for foreigners.

Foreign-policy advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign George Papadopoulos and his wife, Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos, arrive at U.S. District Court for his sentencing in Washington on Sept. 7, 2018. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Second Coming of George Papadopoulos

Patient zero in the Mueller investigation is back with a well-timed book.

Helen McKendry, eldest daughter of Jean McConville, holds a family photograph showing her mother Jean McConville (left) and some of Jean's children including Helen herself (second from right), at her home in Northern Ireland on May 3, 2014. (Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images)

Almost Five Decades on From a Notorious Murder, ‘The Past Doesn’t Stay Buried’

A Q&A with Patrick Radden Keefe, the author of "Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland."

Helen McKendry, eldest daughter of Jean McConville, holds a family photograph showing her mother Jean McConville (left) and some of Jean's children including Helen herself (second from right), at her home in Northern Ireland on May 3, 2014. (Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images)

Almost Five Decades on From a Notorious Murder, ‘The Past Doesn’t Stay Buried’

A Q&A with Patrick Radden Keefe, the author of "Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland."

American prisoners of war captured by North Korean forces await liberation at the 38th parallel on Oct. 5, 1950. (Soviet Photo Agency/Bettmann/Getty Images)

Brainwashed

A new book on interrogation during the Korean War sheds light on how the 20th century imagined prisoners of war.

Michel Houellebecq attends an art show on June 2, 2017, in Manhattan, New York. (Eduardo Munoz Alverez/AFP/Getty Images)

Michel Houellebecq Hated Europe Before You Did

The latest novel by France’s most famous author cements his reputation as a prophet of populism.

Israeli writer and peace activist Amos Oz in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2005. (Thomas Lohnes/AFP/Getty Images)

How the Mighty Have Fallen

Israeli literary icon Amos Oz died on Dec. 28 at age 79. Author Ayelet Tsabari considers his legacy.

Bertolt Brecht in 1937. (Fred Stein/Picture-Alliance/dpa/Associated Press)

Poetry for the Masses

1,200 newly translated poems from Bertolt Brecht offer an unexpected survival guide for difficult times.

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The Books We Read in 2018

Some of Foreign Policy’s favorite reads of the year.

Enric Marco stands beside a Spanish Republican flag at Mauthausen, a concentration camp in Austria, in May 2003. (Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images)

The Spanish Fraud

On the podcast: Javier Cercas’s new book on the man who impersonated a Holocaust survivor.

Rescue workers carry a body on Aug. 9, 1998, in the aftermath of a bombing two days earlier that targeted the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. (AFP/Getty Images)

A Story of Leadership and Fatal Missed Opportunity

A review of Prudence Bushnell’s new book on the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings.

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