Jewish books: Fishman and Tsabari explore home and displacement in new fiction

March 25, 2016

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In my examiner article I write: “Two fiction books published this month explore what home means for two distinct waves of recent immigrants. Boris Fishman continues to relate the experiences of Russian speaking Jews who immigrated to America in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s in his second novel Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo, and […]

Israeli books: Youval Shimoni’s experimental post-modern fiction classic A Room

March 24, 2016

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In my New York Journal of Books review of Youval Shimoni‘s A Room I write: “A Room is strongly recommended to readers of post-modern and experimental fiction who enjoy stream of consciousness narratives and who are willing to delve deeper than a thin plot’s surface level.” See my examiner article for additional excerpts from the […]

Jewish books: Gyorgy Spiro’s Captivity portrays First Century Roman Jewry

December 31, 2015

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  My review of Captivity by György Spiró appears in New York Journal of Books. Additional remarks about the novel and its historical background are found in my examiner article.

91 year old William Gass’ prose is still gorgeous in Eyes: Novellas and Stories

November 5, 2015

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My review of William Gass’ new book of short fiction appears in New York Journal of Books. For a longer excerpt from the book and additional biographical info about Gass see my examiner.com article. a book review by David Cooper: Eyes: Novellas and Storie… Eyes: Novellas and Stories by William H. Gaas book review. Click to read the […]

Israeli books: Ronit Matalon’s autobiographic novel The Sound of Our Steps

August 4, 2015

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“A fictional and more literary tale of an Egyptian Jewish family’s diminished circumstances after immigrating to Israel is The Sound of Our Steps by Ronit Matalon, a novel published today in Dalya Bilu’s English translation by Metropolitan Books. In my New York Journal of Books review I praise it as a ‘beautifully written and skillfully translated book that rewards rereading.’” — from […]

Jewish books: Joshua Cohen’s Book of Numbers is a high tech epic

July 16, 2015

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What happens when a down on his luck luddite novelist is hired to ghostwrite a memoir by a math whiz tech mogul who shares his (and the author of this novel’s) name? …At close to 600 pages of dense prose Book of Numbers is not light reading. I close my NYJB review by recommending it […]

Milan Kundera’s new novella The Festival of Insignificance

July 12, 2015

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“… likewise 86 year old Czech-French novelist Milan Kundera’s new work of fiction, The Festival of Insignificance, which was published last week by New York based publisher Harper in Linda Asher’s fine English translation from the Kundera’s French, is a 128 pp. novella that revisits its author’s recurring themes but in a shorter format.” — […]

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