By now, Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels have become a favorite of just about everyone’s book group. But many of her readers do not know how Italian-Jewish author Elsa Morante influenced her work. Talya Zax offers an introduction.
The 2015 National Jewish Book Awards have been announced. Among the winners are Daniel Torday, Laura Amy Schlitz and Forward “My Heretical Year” columnist Shulem Deen.
Elsa Triolet and her husband Louis Aragon have been dismissed as deluded devotees of the Communist Party, but their biographer Philippe Forest reveals a much more nuanced story.3
Elizabeth Swados, the Jewish composer, director and author of numerous works including “Runaways” has died at the age of 64. The Forward remembers her artistic and spiritual legacy.
How did French-Jewish essayist Emmanuel Berl come to write some of the most memorable speeches for Marshal Pétain. An interview with author Henri Raczymow sheds light on Berl’s complex relationship with the Vichy regime.
It’s never too late to jump on the comic books wagon, or as some call them: graphic novels. We definitely know they’re not just for kids anymore, after Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer and all that. Reading comics makes you look cooler, smarter and younger: it’s a fact (ok, it’s not, but don’t blame me for trying!).
Israel’s Education Ministry has ruled against the inclusion of a novel about a romance between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man in the Hebrew high school curriculum because it feared it could raise tensions among pupils, an official said on Thursday.24
A stunningly complex new history by Ethan Katz unsettles many of our certitudes about Muslim-Jewish relations and provides a reason to hope that new narratives will emerge.4
“Let There Be Water,” by Seth M. Siegel, explains how ingenuity and tenaciousness have accomplished a seemingly-impossible task — bringing water to the desert.33
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