Daniel Mendelsohn’s books include the international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, winner of the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and the Prix Médicis Etranger, and an acclaimed translation of the poetry of C. P. Cavafy, called “a tremendous gift to the literary world” by Newsday. His articles, reviews, and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Review of Books, where he writes about books, theater, film, and opera. From 2000 until 2002, Mendelsohn was the weekly book critic for New York magazine, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Criticism. Waiting for the Barbarians is a collection of essays on subjects stretching from Mad Men to Greek myth and Spider-Man.
In conversation with Robert B. Silvers, longtime editor of The New York Review of Books and former editor of Harper’s and The Paris Review.