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In the Critics this week

Frustrated housewives, angry women-radicals and the tumbling walls of Soviet censorship.

Two cold-war themed pieces this week; Tim Adams at the Haunch of Venison gallery ponders the artwork that emerged from the Soviet Union during the era of Glasnost, and John Gray lauds Norman Stone's wide-ranging and startlingly personal history of the cold war, The Atlantic and Its Enemies.

Sholto Byrnes considers Ian Buruma's attempt at untangling the relationship between religion and democracy in The Taming of the Gods, Amanda Craig reviews Helen Simpson's collection of short stories, In-Flight Entertainment, and Melissa Benn is engrossed by the historian Sheila Rowbotham's account of the campaigns and protests of the 20th century's lesser-known feminists.

There are the usual columns from our team of critics: with Rachel Cooke on the leaders' TV debates, Antonia Quirke on radio and Andrew Billen on theatre, plus Ryan Gilbey's review of Steve Pink's zany Back to the Future-remake Hot Tub Time Machine. And, turning his attention to the vagaries of streetwear, Will Self is vexed by hoisted underwear and sagging waistlines.