Ewa Thompson

Ewa Thompson is research professor of Slavic Studies at Rice University.

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  • The Courage to Live
    May 2007

    The Courage to Live

    This volume is the first complete English translation of Zbigniew Herbert’s poetry—a cause for rejoicing. And, although Alissa Valles’s translations are a bit gray, as if sprinkled with fine dust, they are invariably precise and never overstated.

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  • Pariahs and Favorites in East Central Europe
    April 1995

    Pariahs and Favorites in East Central Europe

    Since the times of Neville Chamberlain, not much has changed in Western consciousness regarding this region. It still consists of faraway lands of which we know nothing. Or rather, Americans know enough to blame them for triggering two world wars and generally making trouble for the Western world.

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  • Russophilia
    October 1994


    The deluge of statements, articles, and books on Russia in these turbulent (for Russia) times comes as no surprise. What surprises is the ingratiating and monotonously uncritical terms of discourse in which American opinions about Russia are couched.

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  • The Third World Revisited
    August 1987

    The Third World Revisited

    Among the few writers who can counter accusations of white man's imperialism without empathizing with the spirit of Cecil Rhodes is the French novelist and journalist Pascal Bruckner. He has identified faulty arguments about the Third World and presented them in a visionary and iconoclastic essay.

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  • February 1986

    Going First Class From Karakorum to Moscow

    In August-September 1985, I traveled as a faculty lecturer with a group of Rice University alumni on a journey from Mongolia to Moscow by way of Siberia. The trip began in the village of Khujirt near Genghis-Khan's capital of Karakorum.

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  • July 1985

    Letter From South Africa

    A month in South Africa reveals what the media is blacking out - and whom the Soviets are doing in.

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  • Saving the Humanities
    April 1985

    Saving the Humanities

    While political battles rage over why Johnny cannot read, the teachers of Johnny's teachers enjoy virtual immunity from public scrutiny. Their intellectual profile remains invisible to the public eye. In a sense, this is understandable. They were educated in the rarefied atmosphere of this country's great universities where the life of the mind is protected by the rules of academic freedom and by the abstractness of ideas advanced in research journals.

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