Book review: The William H. Gass Reader

November 7, 2018

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  “According to Gass a total aesthete reduces everything to style; the centrality of moral and ethical issues in his writing proves that Gass is not merely an aesthete. Whether or not they agree with him his readers will never be cognitively malnourished, and his poetic prose is a joy to read even when its […]

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Book review: Late Beauty: Poems by Tuvia Ruebner

November 1, 2018

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“Readers who devoured In the Illuminated Dark will welcome the additional poems in Late Beauty, and for readers unacquainted with Ruebner’s poetry Late Beauty provides a portal.” — From my review of Late Beauty: Selected Poems of Tuvia Ruebner translated from the Hebrew by Lisa Katz and Shahar Bram in New York Journal of Books.  […]

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Book review: The Mandela Plot by Kenneth Bonert

June 4, 2018

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“South African born Jewish-Canadian author Kenneth Bonert’s sophomore effort The Mandela Plot is a sequel to his multiple awards winning debut novel The Lion Seeker (also reviewed on NYJB) that continues the Helger family saga begun in the earlier volume in a rather dark combination coming of age story and political thriller. A concluding epilogue in the final […]

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Book review: The Diamond Setter by Moshe Sakal

March 21, 2018

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“… well written, masterfully translated by Jessica Cohen, and rewards rereading.”  — From my review of The Diamond Setter by Moshe Sakal in New York Journal of Books

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Book review: Empty Set by Veronica Gerber Bicecci

March 7, 2018

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“Veronica Gerber Bicecci’s debut novel, second book and her first translated into English, Empty Set (Conjunto vacío), has multiple dualities—the verbal and the visual, the analytic and the emotional, autobiography and fiction—that aspire to convey ineffable sums greater than their constituent parts.” — From my review of Empty Set by Veronica Gerber Bicecci in New York Journal of Books    

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Book Review: Petty Business by Yirmi Pinkus

February 7, 2018

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“Petty Business, the second of Yirmi Pinkus’ five novels and the first to be published in English, satirically portrays the life of a family of Tel Aviv store owners with both fondness and humor over one year—1989, a time in which neighborhood mom and pop stores were being put out of business by larger chain […]

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Book review: The Ruined House by Ruby Namdar

February 4, 2018

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“One of the lessons this complicated book conveys is how difficult it is to achieve the golden mean, balancing a serious writer’s need for solitude to reduce distractions with the need to stay connected and involved with one’s family and loved ones on the one hand, and integrating knowledge and appreciation for global culture with […]

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