Neal Sokol


A Turkish Writer Returns to the Ghosts of His Past

By Neal Sokol

‘I don’t believe there is any Jewish writer writing today, whatever the age, who is not somehow consciously or unconsciously affected by the Holocaust,” said novelist and human rights activist Moris Farhi. “I don’t think any enlightened European writer can escape the effects of the Holocaust.”Indeed, phantoms haunt Farhi, oneRead More


A Maverick in the Ivory Tower

By Neal Sokol

“Think about it,” said author and anthologist Ilan Stavans, “the end of World War II happened not even 60 years ago. How to understand the amount of monographs and studies on Jewish themes published worldwide today, especially in English, if not as a revenge of a perseverant spirit?”Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring professor of LatinRead More


Forward Books; Bursting Out of the Gate; Anthologist Ilan Stavans Offers Readers a ‘Portable Library’ of Hispanic-Jewish Literature

By Neal Sokol

The Scroll and the Cross: 1,000 Years of Jewish-Hispanic Literature Edited by Ilan Stavans Routledge, 329 pages, $95 (hardcover), $26.95 (paper). * * *Notwithstanding a few timeless classics, a truly good Jewish anthology, say by Irving Howe, is hard to come by. There are tough editorial choices to be made. How can theRead More






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