Posts Tagged ‘ novels ’

A Forgotten Satire of Yiddishe Mamas and Soviet Fools

June 23, 2014
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A Yiddish Satire With Yiddishe Mamas and Soviet Fools

Stories of a bustling courtyard populated by hapless sages and wise young fools fill Moyshe Kulbak‘s classic satirical family novel of Soviet Minsk. It’s a compelling, tender read, newly translated by Hillel Halkin with a rich introduction by Jewniverse’s own Sasha Senderovich. The premise is familiar from other beloved Yiddish works—think Sholem Aleichem‘s Tevye the Dairyman from…

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Jew and WASP, in 20th-Century Manhattan

April 23, 2014
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Joanna Hershon’s fervently readable new novel, A Dual Inheritance, follows friends of different ethnicities and classes…

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What Ever Happened to Italy’s Jews?

March 10, 2014
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We usually think of historical fiction as storytelling that attempts to simulate the events and…

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When Sholem Aleichem Met Mark Twain

January 10, 2014
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The Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916) was an author and…

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Anna Karenina, Alive and Not That Well in Queens

October 17, 2013
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Thought hundreds of pages about the Russian aristocracy…

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J.D. Salinger’s Jewish Roots

October 1, 2013
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Although J.D. Salinger’s most widely-known character is The Catcher…

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Freud’s Jewish Mistress

August 21, 2013
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Vienna, 1895. Minna Bernays, a laughably incompetent lady’s companion,…

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Breaking and Entering

February 7, 2013
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The year is 1994 and psychologist Richard Shapiro…

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Up the Down Staircase

October 25, 2012
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In 1923, a 12-year-old Russian girl named Belle…

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The Jewish Mail Order Bride

August 2, 2012
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These days, mail-order brides mostly reside in your…

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Treasure Hunt in Prague

July 26, 2012
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In the late 1500s, Prague was a cultural…

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Chaim Potok and the Rebbe Walk into a Bar.

July 12, 2012
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A farbrengen is a Hasidic spiritual gathering–it can be just a handful…

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