Cynthia Haven

Former Hoover Fellow

Cynthia Haven has written for The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and World Literature Today. Her work has also appeared in Le Monde, La Repubblica, Die Welt, Zvezda, Colta, Zeszyty Literackie, The Kenyon Review, Quarterly Conversation, The Georgia Review, and Civilization. She has been a Milena Jesenská Journalism Fellow with the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna, as well as a visiting writer and scholar at Stanford’s Division of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures and a Voegelin Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Peter Dale in Conversation with Cynthia Haven was published in London, 2005. Her Czeslaw Milosz: Conversations was published in 2006; Joseph Brodsky: Conversations in 2003; An Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czeslaw Milosz was published in 2011 with Ohio University Press / Swallow Press. Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard, will be published by Michigan State University Press in early 2018.

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“Push Back on Dawa”

by Cynthia Haven interview with Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 23, 2017

Hoover fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author and foe of political Islam, on doing battle with dangerous ideas. 

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Brodsky and His Muses

by Cynthia Havenvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

A new collection shows where the great émigré poet Joseph Brodsky found friendship, love, and inspiration. 

Stalin’s Genocides

by Cynthia Havenvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Yet another crime the Soviet dictator got away with: defining genocide to exclude what he did. Hoover fellow Norman M. Naimark tells how it happened. By Cynthia Haven.