BOOK REVIEW / Recommended

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Professor Martens' Departure by Jaan Kross, translated by Anselm Hollo, pounds 15.99. A clever and very grown-up subversion of communist life. Review by Doris Lessing, 19 February.

The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood by Jack Zipes, Routledge, pounds 13.99. An exploration of the 35 versions of a classic reveals the 'original' version as a fake. Review by Natasha Walter, 19 February.

The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh, Secker, pounds 8.99. An extraordinary novel about the devastations of the war years, written by a North Vietnamese. Review by Geoff Dyer, 29 January.