Allison Schachter

A Dutch Author Relishes the Spectacle

Story of My Baldness By Marek van der Jagt

Other Press, 264 pages, $22.

Phantom Pain By Arnon Grunberg Other Press, 286 pages, $22. ——In Arnon Grunberg’s novel “Story of My Baldness,” which has just been released in English translation, the Dutch novelist adopted a new literary persona: Marek van der Jagt, as both the

Hovering Between the Fantastic and the Mundane

Any writer concerned with the direction of language understands well that the future of a language — especially one with such a spectacular and contested history as Hebrew — rests in the minds of its youngest speakers. David Grossman, one of Israel’s most highly respected writers, has created perhaps the sturdiest and most convincing young

The Dead Speak: Tragedy and the Art of Adaptation

In Philip Roth’s 1993 novel “Operation Shylock,” an Israeli book dealer by the name of David Supposnik attempts to solicit support from “Philip Roth” — the character in the novel with the same name as the author — for the publication of the travel diaries of Leon Klinghoffer, the wheelchair-bound passenger murdered by Palestinian