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

November 5, 2015


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


“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


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


“… 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.” — […]

Books: Nell Zink’s smart and witty 2nd novel Mislaid

May 19, 2015


“Looking for a brainy yet breezy novel that addresses gender, race, and class issues with levity and has a happy ending? Try Nell Zink’s Mislaid, her second published novel following her critically well-received debut The Wallcreeper in 2014.” — from my New York Journal of Books book review: Mislaid: A Novel by Nell Zink  “To […]

Books: Portrait of a Man Known as Il Condottiere by Georges Perec

April 27, 2015


What does fiction about art forgery have to do with Jewish identity? Books: on Jewish and artistic authenticity wrt Georges Perec's first novel In my New York Journal of Books review I praise Perec’s first novel as “a fully realized and mature work of fiction.” For a fuller discussion of Portrait of a Man Known […]

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

March 31, 2015


“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.” […]


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