Posts Tagged ‘ novels ’

Hitler in the Amazon

December 26, 2014
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Hitler in the Amazon

Hitler is alive and well, if not a bit wrinkled, and he’s living in the Amazon jungle thirty years after the end of the Holocaust. Who better than a group of Jewish Nazi hunters to bring him to justice? And thus you have the plot of George Steiner’s surreal and…

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The Surprising Hasidic Subtext of a Popular New Novel

October 7, 2014
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Why "Back to the Future" is About the World to Come

Ben Lerner is not primarily a novelist – he’s a poet. He’s also not a Hasid. But…

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The Infamous 1970s Sex Novel Featuring Lilith’s Kin

September 4, 2014
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The Infamous 1970s Sex Novel Featuring Lilith’s Kin

What modern lovers refer to as “casual sex” was, at one time, known by a…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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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