Reviews

In Nexus Review, professional experts and young talents review classical works, groundbreaking studies and topical essays on art, culture, history, politics and philosophy, combining a critical outlook with a broad vision and an accessible style. The books discussed in Nexus Review offer a broad view of culture, society and history that goes beyond a myopic concern with current affairs.

Theme

Hitz

Philosophy

The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life

Lost in Thought

An excellent example of what it aims to capture: solid, high-quality, splendidly useless thinking in action.

Literature, Philosophy

The Unnamable Present

A wealth of topics: from Baudelaire to Kafka, Benjamin and Weil; from sacrifice to the sacred, the process of secularization and digital society.
clark

History

Time and Power

‘Time and Power’ aims to break with the ingrained belief that cyclical conceptions of time were eclipsed by a linear view of time
robinson

Religion, Society

What Are We Doing Here?

Robinson submerges us in her intellectual as well as everyday world, which we finally leave far more knowledgeable and sensitive

History

The Intimacies of Four Continents

Lisa Lowe’s new monograph is indispensable for anyone interested in political theory, history and postcolonialism.

Philosophy

The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind

The Age of Genius

The Age of Genius seems as ambitious and eccentric as any of Grayling’s undertakings, but finds itself undermined by exactly those qualities.

History

Anti-Judaism

Nirenberg’s goals and methods are clearly defined and the end result is an intellectual tour-de-force.

Society

Fatherlands in Mothers’ Hands

Psychoanalytic Reflections on Politics

Bringing together psychoanalysis and politics has always been a fascinating, yet challenging task. Salgó attempts to ‘wed’ psychoanalysis with politics. And just as every marriage, this attempt comes with its happy moments as well as its weaknesses.

Culture

and the Foundation of Renaissance Humanism in Medieval Italy

The Two Latin Cultures

This magnificent study, to which no brief summary can do justice, offers a narrative of uncommon density, built upon and expanding a massive body of scholarship.

Music

A Life in Music

Richard Wagner

Geck indirectly shows us the profound transformative force which Wagner retains to this very day and which transcends his life and music.

Philosophy

Friendship

Grayling seeks to define friendship and, in so doing, explores its many forms, facets, charms, and consolations.

History

The History of Half-Forgotten Europe

Vanished Kingdoms

His main priorities are, as he states, to highlight the contrast between times present and times past and to explore the workings of historical memory.

Science

Letters to a Young Scientist

We get to know E.O. Wilson as a man who likes to solve the puzzles nature has in store, and through this process comes to some great discoveries.

Culture

Technology, Solutionism and the Urge to Fix Problems That Don’t Exist

To Save Everything, Click Here

The phenomena we frame as problems and try to eliminate once and for all should actually be recognized as blessings which contribute in wholly constructive ways to our human well-being and societal organization.

Society

The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation

Together

Through colonising people’s life world, the managerial imperative empties informality of content and then recycles it as a tool of management.

Humanism

Rückblicke und Vorblicke

Was ist ein Intellektueller?

Since making one’s standpoint known in public is inevitably part of the concept of the intellectual, it is seen as a phenomenon of (mass media) modernity by most scholars.

Society

The Love of Money, and the Case for the Good Life

How Much is Enough

Modern liberal theory and neoclassical economics have a virtual monopoly on public discourse.

History

The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956

Iron Curtain

The author’s sensibility, her insights into and delicate description of people’s moral and psychological collapse, make the book particularly powerful.

History

The Song Transformation of China

The Age of Confucian Rule

It was the ethical and philosophical quests by Song intellectuals that shaped Neo-Confucian ideology into the persisting foundation of the Chinese civilized state.

Literature

The Testament of Mary

Tóibín once again hauntingly reminds us that truth is always at least partly subjective, and that individual truths merit the same respect and dignity as their authorized counterparts.

History

Stalinism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Evolution of Soviet Culture, 1931-1941

Moscow, The Fourth Rome

The most significant part of the book is the study of state ambition, self-representation, expressed in official rhetoric, cultural politics and writings of the Soviet intellectuals.

Philosophy

A Philosophical History of Love

Uninitiated undergraduates are in for a feast of nourishing ideas about love, whereas their professors will tend to grumble about the book’s smorgasbord character.

History

A Human History of the Mediterranean

The Great Sea

The role of the Mediterranean crossroads in bringing together the people from across it, and far beyond, is highlighted through a narrative style which ensures the place of the story in the history.

Literature

Ausgewählte Gedichte

Stufen

The general artistic lure of some of Hesse’s poems is fading away; however, they maintain an exceptionally powerful human appeal, especially where Hesse’s love of life emerges: Und jedes Lied und jedes Buch / Und jedes Bild ist ein Enthüllen.