A former student and intimate acquaintance of Bernard Malamud makes her fiction debut. Julia M. Klein discusses “Scary Old Sex,” by Arlene Heyman.
In her book “Young Lions,” Leah Garrett explains how Jewish novelists wrote the history of World War II. She speaks with the Forward about “Young Lions” and the universality of the Great American Novel, Jewish and otherwise.
When we discuss Jewish authors of the 20th Century, Philip Roth and Bernard Malamud come to mind. But, in “Young Lions,” Leah Garrett reveals how a very different group of Jewish novelists shaped our culture.
For Harry Houdini and his wife Bess, love was the most magical trick of all. In her new novel, Victoria Kelly channels the life of a master escape artist and her famous husband.
The Sapir Prize — considered to be Israel’s equivalent of the Man Booker prize — has gone to Orly Castel Bloom. The Forward speaks to Castel-Bloom about the prestigious honor and her winning book “An Egyptian Novel.”
Jewish philosopher Martin Buber has been called both an oracle and a false prophet. His biographer Dominique Bourel talks with Benjamin Ivry about why Buber was also criticized for being a happy Jew.11
One of Israel’s most-honored poets, Tuvia Ruebner — winner of the 2008 Israel prize — recently celebrated his 92nd birthday. In celebration, we present his new, thought-provoking and despairing poem about violence in his country today.
At 94, Al Jaffee is Mad’s longest-lasting artist. He explains how the magazine took Jewish humor into the American mainstream — and reveals the symbolic significance of the fold-in he’s been drawing for the past half-century.38
The explicit, violent sexual passages and defiance of realism may challenge some readers. But Julia M. Klein says “Unspeakable Things,” by Kathleen Spivack is an exciting and energetic debut Holocaust novel.
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