Jewish books: The Empire of the Senses probes Jewish identity in Weimar Germany

March 31, 2015

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“Alexis Landau’s cinematically descriptive, character-driven debut novel explores ethnic identity via an intermarried family in WWI and Weimar era Germany, i.e. before anti-Semitism became official state policy legally codifying ethnic definitions.” — from my New York Journal of Books review in which I praise the book as “handsomely written” as well as a “powerful and compelling novel.” […]

Israeli books: Five Selves explores five inner lives

March 12, 2015

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“…recommended to readers who enjoy interior prose and psychological literary fiction.” — from my review of Five Selves by Emanuela Barasch Rubinstein in New York Journal of Books. My additional remarks and excerpts from the book appear in examiner.com.

Israeli books: Gail Hareven’s Lies, First Person is a visceral novel of ideas

February 13, 2015

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  “There are books that make us feel intensely and others that make us think deeply; one that does both is Gail Hareven’s opalescent and psychologically complex eleventh novel Lies, First Person (in the original Hebrew Hashkarim Ha’aharonim Shel Hagoof which literally translates as The Body’s Last Lies), which is only the second (The Confessions […]

Jewish books: The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. by Gina Nahai

November 11, 2014

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“. . . the novel’s epic sweep, engaging prose, suspenseful plot, sense of humor, and introduction to a fascinating subculture outweigh its flaws.” – from my New York Journal of Books review. For additional remarks also see my examiner article.

Israeli books: Assaf Gavron’s The Hilltop is set in a West Bank settlement

October 17, 2014

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“The Hilltop is recommended to all readers who enjoy a good story grounded in current events.” — from my New York Journal of Books review. Also see my examiner article.

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Jewish books: The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis

September 12, 2014

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“The Betrayers succeeds by combining thought provoking ethical dilemmas with dramatic tension in an engaging prose style and is enthusiastically recommended.” – from my New York Journal of Books review (which includes spoilers). For additional remarks, excerpts, and an exploration of the novel as a roman a clef see my examiner article.

Book review: 10:04 by Ben Lerner

September 7, 2014

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“. . . the pleasure this novel provides is found less in what happens to the characters than in the language Lerner commands to relate that and his various cogitations, as well as in time spent in the company of a first rate mind.” — from my New York Journal of Books review. For additional […]

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