Yevgeniya Traps

Who’s Afraid of the Video Artist? Lisa Tan’s video series, ‘Waves,’  which was influenced by Virginia Woolf’s seminal novel, ‘The Waves,’ explores the consciousness of a writer.

A Diaspora at the New Museum

Ever wondered what it meant to live in a post-Internet age? The latest installment of the New Museum’s triennial tackles this question.

Goddess of Carnage: Reza is perhaps best known for her plays ‘Art’ and ‘The God of Carnage.’

Maybe All Happy Short Story Collections Aren’t Alike

‘All happy families are alike,’ Tolstoy famously said. Wrong, according to Yasmin Reza’s new novel ‘Happy Are the Happy’ — because no family is happy.

Gary Shteyngart

The Year of the Former Soviet Author

More and more Jewish writers from the former Soviet Union have become household names. Here’s what you have to know about them, from Gary Shteyngart to Anya Ulinich.

Games Authors Play: Author Kingsley Amis plays chess with his sons Martin and Philip.

Some of Martin Amis's Best Friends Are Jews. Really.

Martin Amis’s publishers in Europe cited ‘lack of literary merit’ for dumping his new Holocaust novel. But Yevgeniya Traps writes that’s not the real problem with ‘The Zone of Interest.’

Gurley Book: Dunham chronicles her own life.

Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Author

Lena Dunham provokes extreme reactions — good and bad — to her work. Yevgeniya Traps writes that Dunham’s new memoir will stoke lovers and haters alike.

The Betrayer: David Bezmozgis’s new novel concerns both travel and expulsion.

The Soviet Pastoral of David Bezmozgis

After the widely-acclaimed “Natasha” and “The Free World,” David Bezmozgis returns with “The Betrayers,” inspired in part by the tale of Natan Sharansky. Yevgeniya Traps weighs in.

Taking After Malamud: Anya Ulinich’s new graphic novel was partially inspired by the short story ‘The Magic Barrel.’

When Anya Ulinich Plays the Dating Game

In a year of books authored by immigrants from the Soviet Union, Anya Ulinich’s graphic novel ‘Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel’ offers a hilarious take on dating.

Suitcase Full of Pleasures: Akhtiorskaya meanders from perspective to perspective, paying close attention to small but crucial moments.

A New Literary Take On Soviet-Jewish Immigration

Think the Soviet-Jewish immigration experience has been chronicled to death? Think again: Yelena Akhtiorskaya’s new novel, ‘Panic in a Suitcase,’ feels unexpectedly fresh.

When They Come For Him, He’ll Be Gone: Boris Fishman’s protagonist works as a researcher for a magazine reminiscent of the New Yorker.

How the Forger of Brighton Beach Duped The Claims Conference

A Russian writer who fakes Holocaust restitution claims is the main character in a new novel. Yevgeniya Traps finds something a bit too Soviet about the plot.

Prose Stylist: Francine Prose’s latest novel, ‘Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932,’ is based on the true story of Louisianne ‘Lou’ Villars.

The Cross-Dressing Racecar Driver Who Aided the Nazis (It's Mostly True!)

A cross-dressing lesbian racecar driver helped the Nazis breach French defenses. It may sound preposterous, but Francine Prose’s latest novel is actually based on fact.