Books


Shattering a Peaceful Facade

By Saul Austerlitz

The Attack By Yasmina Khadra Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 272 pages, $18.95. * * *The comparisons are inevitable, so let’s get the ball rolling: Yasmina Khadra’s new novel, “The Attack,” is a successor of sorts to the 2005 art house hit, “Paradise Now.” Like Hany Abu-Assad’s mournful, despairing film, “The Attack” isRead More


Beyond ‘Fear’: Tips on Chutzpah

By Elissa Strauss

Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life By Erica Jong Tarcher, 304 pages, $22.95. At the end of “Fear of Flying,” Erica Jong’s 1973 best-selling novel, the lead character lists potential female heroes. Simone de Beauvior? Too obsessed with Sartre. Sylvia Plath? Stuck her head in an oven. Doris Lessing? Her female charactersRead More


The Angel of Death Narrates a New Tale for Young Readers

By Mindy Aloff

The Book Thief By Markus Zusak Knopf Books for Young Readers, 552 pages, $16.95. * * *Markus Zusak’s intensely provocative, deeply imagined and magnificently produced new novel, “The Book Thief,” concerns a group of German children who are members of the Hitler Youth during the early 1940s. We learnRead More


Trauma and Its Healers

By Helen Epstein

Mapping Trauma and Its Wake: Autobiographic Essays By Pioneer Trauma Scholars Edited by Charles R. Figley Routledge, 272 pages, $49.95. * * *A medical text in the “Psychosocial Stress Series” of an academic publisher would usually not interest general readers. But with aftereffects of terrorism and disasterRead More


Books Roundup

By Jacob Suskewicz

Each season brings a slew of Holocaust-related books, but the spring 2006 line seems to be a particularly rich crop, including tales of personal heroism in the face of extreme danger; historical documents on Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Franklin Roosevelt, and even a book of poems that envisions Franz Kafka had he lived to raise aRead More


‘Emil and Karl’

In 1940, famed writer Yankev Glatshteyn, best known to English readers as Jacob Glatstein, published “Emil and Karl,” a book about two friends, one Jewish and the other not, living in wartime Vienna. Intended for students at Yiddish afternoon and weekend schools, “Emil and Karl,” written in Yiddish, was oneRead More





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