Alain Besancon is the director of studies at L'Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales. A specialist in Russian politics and intellectual history, he has written a number of books, including Anatomie d'un spectre and Les origines intellectuelles du leninisme. Jane Marie Todd is a translator whose works include Largesse by Jean Starobinski and Conversations with Picasso by Brassai, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
"Even the reader who has heard something of the Byzantine quarrels about images and their theological background will be surprised by a learned and convincing interpretation of the works of Mondrian, Kandinsky, and Malevich in terms of religiously inspired iconoclasm.... This is an immensely rich and powerful masterpiece." - Leszek Kolakowski, Times Literary Supplement"