Anyone interested in Baruch Spinoza, the fate of Jews during the Inquisition or the vagaries of archival research will find Kadish’s novel rewarding.
At its best, Englander’s novel suggests that our self-understanding is limited, driven by the desire to justify ourselves.
“Singer strikes at the heart of the political flaws in every system of rule we have endured. Unfortunately he offers no solution.”
H.A. and Margaret Rey’s escape from Nazi-occupied Paris involved building two bicycles out of spare parts in the middle of the night.
Reza Moazami claims that he strictly follows his religious teachings. He was convicted of luring teen girls into prostitution by promising them drugs.
“Yiddish writers were among those who famously suffered because of the Hebrew-or-nothing attitude.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel Prize-winning author and Forward staff writer, was photographed in 1968 for Amerike Magazine.
“A lot of women writers aren’t political in the same way male Israeli writers are; for women it’s more of the internal politics.”
While the Nazis’ plunder of visual art has garnered attention, the Third Reich’s attempt to dominate Europe’s literary culture is little known.
“The novel simply isn’t very good. It’s at once an overwrought, cliché-ridden romance and a grimly unpleasant prison story.”
A man in California who was the only survivor in his family received a book from Germany that had been dedicated to him as a child by his teacher.
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