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Professor Martens' Departure by Jaan Kross, tr Anselm Hollo, Harvill pounds 15.99. A cleverly ironic attack on communist oppression from Estonia. Review by Doris Lessing, 19 February.

The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood by Jack Zipes, Routledge pounds 13.99. 35 versions of the classic fairy tale together with brilliant interpretation. Review by Natasha Walter, 19 February.