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Jewish books: The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis

September 12, 2014


“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, which begins with the […]

Book review: A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman

June 7, 2014


Slava Gelman, the protagonist of Boris Fishman‘s debut novel A Replacement Life, fabricates Holocaust narratives for elderly Russian immigrants’ reparations claims applications. In my NYJB review I write, “Slava knows that to make his stories convincing he has to get the details right, and despite the leaps of faith Fishman demands he provides more than […]

Jewish books: Ellen Litman’s Mannequin Girl describes childhood in 1980s Moscow

February 27, 2014


In my New York Journal of Books review I describe Ellen Litman‘s second novel Mannequin Girl as “a welcome addition to the coming of age genre that will appeal both to adult readers and to precocious teenagers.” Also see my examiner article, which begins with the next paragraph. Jewish books: Ellen Litman’s Mannequin Girl describes childhood in […]

Vaclav and Lena, a novel about Russian-Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn – New York NY

May 17, 2011


Today New York publisher The Dial Press, a division of Random House, releases Haley Tanner‘s debut novel Vaclav and Lena, a coming of age tale about Russian-Jewish immigrant children in Brooklyn. In my New York Journal of Books review I describe the book as “a tale of unconditional love; of attachment, separation, and reunion; and […]

Book Review: The Cosmopolitans by Nadia Kalman — New York Journal of Books

December 9, 2010


“The Cosmopolitans, Nadia Kalman’s smart, funny, wise, and entertaining debut novel explores the relationships and dynamics of a contemporary Russian-Jewish immigrant family from the former Soviet Union, their acculturation in Stamford, CT, as well as the love lives and courtships of the three daughters.” Read the entire review on New York Journal of Books.  

9 Poems by Velimir Khlebnikov (1885-1922) Translated from the Russian by Alex Cigale

July 2, 2010


*** From a tote bag Things spilled on the floor. And I thought, What a world — One big joke Warming itself On the lips of a hanged man. 1908 *** A commandment of the law of swings, To wear shoes too wide and too narrow, The time to be first night and then day, […]

Three Russian minimalist poets translated by Alex Cigale & three Yiddish poets translated by Zackary Sholem Berger

January 26, 2010


Three Russian Minimalist Poets: Ivan Akhmetyev, Mikhail Faynerman, and Alexander Makarov-Krotkov translated from the Russian by Alex Cigale Three Yiddish Poets: Avrom Sutzkever, Boris Karloff, Yonia Fain translated by Zackary Sholem Berger