What are you hoping to
read this summer? We posed this question to the Century staff, a group of people with diverse tastes
and interests. Along with commenting on our choices, feel free to post your own
in the comments. --Ed.
Gary Dorrien's spring Century
article, which argued for economic as well as political democracy, whetted
my appetite for the book that part of it was adapted from: Economy, Difference, Empire: Social Ethics for Social Justice.
Having temporarily assuaged my Hispanophile predilections
with Giles Tremlett's trenchant Ghosts of
Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past, I hope to follow it up
with a book in a similar vein: Unearthing
Franco's Legacy: Mass Graves and the Recovery of a Historical Memory in Spain, a
collection of essays edited by Carlos Jerez-Farrán and Samuel Amago.
My latest foray into fiction: John le Carré's disquieting
and politically impassioned espionage novel Absolute
Friends. It prompted me to put on my must-read list le Carré's highly
acclaimed character study A Perfect Spy ("the
best English novel since the war," says Philip Roth).