Benjamin Ivry


Susan Sontag's Not-So-Secret and Not-Always-So-Jewish History

By Benjamin Ivry

Susan Sontag's Not-So-Secret and Not-Always-So-Jewish History
Susan Sontag was a charismatic writer — and a magnet for criticism. A newly translated biography explores the Jewish legacy of the woman born Susan Lee Rosenblatt.Read More


For Patrick Modiano, Nazi Occupation Offers Rich Backdrop to Tales of Trial and Triumph

By Benjamin Ivry

For Patrick Modiano, Nazi Occupation Offers Rich Backdrop to Tales of Trial and Triumph
For Nobel winner Patrick Modiano, the Nazi occupation of France has been a lifelong preoccupation. Benjamin Ivry explains why the tortured past offers such a rich literary tableau.Read More


The Secret Jewish History of Dr. Zhivago

By Benjamin Ivry

The Secret Jewish History of Dr. Zhivago
‘The Zhivago Affair’ recounts a complex and nuanced tale of author Boris Pasternak. The Soviets considered his epic novel a betrayal — but plenty of Jews felt the same way.Read More


The 110 Jewish Women Who Changed France

By Benjamin Ivry

The 110 Jewish Women Who Changed France
From actress Sylvia Bataille to classicist Jacqueline de Romilly, a new book recounts the fascinating lives of 110 French Jewish women who shaped their country — or were shaped by it.Read More


Jewish Comedian Joan Rivers Dies at 81

By Benjamin Ivry

Jewish Comedian Joan Rivers Dies at 81
Would the caustic comedian Joan Rivers, who has died at age 81, have jested about her own sudden illness and unexpected demise? Benjamin Ivry thinks so.Read More



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