Tony Judt: Ill Fares the Land; and Tony Judt: The Memory Chalet

Offerings and jeremiads from the stoic Tony Judt

Bruce Grant

 

Ill Fares the Land
by Tony Judt
Allen Lane, $29.95 pb, 238 pp, 9781846143908

 

The Memory Chalet
by Tony Judt
William Heinemann, $45 hb, 240 pp, 9780434020966

 

These two books were written in the last stages of a fatal illness. What is remarkable about them is their poise. They show no signs of anguish, anger, or remorse. They remind us of the discipline of a trained and responsible mind, nimble and true to its calling until the end.

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Published in March 2011 no. 329
Bruce Grant

Bruce Grant

In an active public life as foreign correspondent, columnist, academic, and diplomat, Bruce Grant has also written ten works of non-fiction, three novels, essays and many short stories. His first book Indonesia became a classic. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, Australian High Commissioner in New Delhi, foundation chairman of the Australia-Indonesia Institute, chairman of the Australian Dance Theatre, chairman of the Victorian Premier’s literary awards, and president of Melbourne’s International Arts Festival.

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