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Machiavelli certainly knew about seduction of a sort, the kind that can be used to seize and maintain power. An energetic new book by Patrick Boucheron offers a knowing guide to the Renaissance statesman and writer’s life and work. Clement Knox’s “Seduction” is a wide-ranging look at how the art has influenced politics, literature and social movements. “It turns out that we were just as conflicted about seduction centuries ago as we are now,” our reviewer Alex Kuczynski writes. “Depending on whom you ask and when, the seducer is either a manipulative villain exploiting innocents or a heroic figure of sexual liberation.”. Lots of fiction to choose from on this week’s list, including Isabe... Читать полностью

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