Allison Schachter


A Dutch Author Relishes the Spectacle

By Allison Schachter

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 theRead More


Hovering Between the Fantastic and the Mundane

By Allison Schachter

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 youngRead More


The Dead Speak: Tragedy and the Art of Adaptation

By Allison Schachter

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 PalestinianRead More



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