Lisa Schwarzbaum
July 09, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Vermeer In Bosnia: Cultural Comedies and Political Tragedies

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Lawrence Weschler
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

Weschler, who pulled back the curtain on ”Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder” in 1995, has an unbeatable eye — and heart and writerly panache — for human oddity and invention. Much of the nonfiction in this absorbing miscellany first appeared in The New Yorker, including a triptych from his years reporting on Yugoslavia, a prescient 1994 portrait of Roman Polanski pre — ”The Pianist,” and a quietly brilliant 1984 appreciation of David Hockney. Weschler writes from an ”I” so sparkly that even a piece about his adored daughter escapes the traps of ego.

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