Nobel Prize-winning author Patrick Modiano writes as if through a scrim — his work transparent yet cloudy. Yevgeniya Traps reviews a raft of newly translated Modiano and explains how a grim incident in the author’s childhood inadvertently helped to create his wondrous career.
This year marks the 450th anniversary of Nostradamus’s death. A little known fact is that the 16th century seer — who was said to foretell 9/11 and the death of Princess Diana — hailed from Jewish ancestry.
Arthur Miller’s 1953 masterpiece of witch trials and McCarthyism returns to Broadway in a brilliant revival that reminds the viewer all too well of what Philip Roth referred to as “The indigenous American berserk.”10
Nobel Prize-winning author Imre Kertész has died at the age of 86. Benjamin Ivry recalls the author’s identity as a Jewish writer and his pointed criticism of those who wrote about the Holocaust.
A Philly-based star chef brings his award-winning Israeli food to New York’s Chelsea Market.
Israeli writer Aharon Megged has died at the age of 95. Benjamin Ivry remembers the legacy of the fiery and contradictory scribe who was anything but the hackneyed stereotype of an inward-looking kibbutznik.
Almost exactly years ago, A.J. Liebling became infatuated with a French stranger named Albert Camus. Robert Zaretsky chronicles the surprising friendship between the Jewish New Yorker writer and the French existentialist.
Seeking literary inspiration, Russian-Jewish author Boris Fishman looks west twice — to America itself and to Montana where he sets his new novel “Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo.”
A new herculean effort of investigative journalism has cleared up some mysteries regarding Raoul Wallenberg’s wartime heroism. But there are some that even biographer Ingrid Carlberg can’t solve.
Geoffrey Hartman — who survived World War II via the Kindertransport and went on to be a famed scholar and critic at Yale — has died at the age of 85. Talya Zax remembers his legacy.
Arthur Koestler’s 1940 novel “Darkness at Noon” is considered one of the great novels of the 20th Century. A discovery of a new manuscript may change how we view the classic allegory of totalitarianism.
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