ELLEN HINSEY is a poet and essayist. Her most recent book is Mastering the Past: Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe and the Rise of Illiberalism.
"This is one of the most intellectually and spiritually ennobling books I have encountered, reminiscent of the writings of the great works of cosmogony and mysticism. It is the work of a true poet, whose sense of line, cadence and tonality is unsurpassed among poets of her generation."--Carolyn Forche, author of The Angel of History