Crossing the Borders of Time (Other Press, $29.95) is a sweeping account of one family’s escape from the turmoil of war-torn Europe hangs upon the intimate and deeply personal story of Maitland’s mother’s passionate romance with a Catholic Frenchman. Separated by war and her family’s disapproval, the young lovers—Janine and Roland—lose each other for fifty years. It is a testimony to both Leslie Maitland’s investigative skills and her devotion to her mother that she successfully traced the lost Roland and was able to reunite him with Janine.
A Different Light (Duke Univ., $29.95) is the first in-depth study of the work of Sebastiao Salgado, widely considered the greatest documentary photographer of our time. Parvati Nair offers detailed analyses of Salgado's best-known photo-essays, including Workers, Migrations and Genesis. Nair engages broad questions about aesthetics, history, ethics, and politics in documentary photography. She draws on conversations with Salgado and his wife and partner, Lelia Wanick Salgado, to explain the significance of the photographer's life history, including his roots in Brazil and his training as an economist; his perspectives; and his artistic method. Underpinning all of Salgado's major projects is a concern with displacement, exploitation, and destruction--of people, communities, and land. Salgado's images exalt reality, compelling viewers to look and, according to Nair, to envision the world otherwise. 8pm