Review: Melnitz

By David Herman, February 19, 2015

By Charles Lewinsky (Trans: Shaun Whiteside)
Atlantic Books, £17.99

Charles Lewinsky is a prolific, Jewish writer from Switzerland with almost 20 novels, 15 plays and a number of TV series to his name. His novel, Melnitz, is his first work to be translated into English. It is a huge, historical, family saga about the Meijers, a Jewish family in Switzerland.


Review: Like A Bomb Going Off

By Anne Sebba, February 19, 2015

By Janice Ross
Yale University Press, £30

Leonid Yakobson is probably one of the most famous Russian choreographers you've never heard of. He was also Jewish, a not unrelated fact.


Why I'm sure that Charles will be a King for the Jews

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2015

Princes have visited Israel in a personal capacity and UK prime ministers have made state visits. But a British monarch has never made an official visit to Israel. Yet according to the author of a new book on Prince Charles, the future King of England could be the first to do so - in what would be a seismic event in terms of the Royal Family's relations with Israel.


Joy of being hit by Eros's arrow for a second time

By Diane Samuels, February 5, 2015

I was in the process of getting divorced when I first discovered the classical myth of Psyche and Eros. Our family home of 20 years was being sold, my younger son was in his last year at school and my eldest was away at university. My soon to be ex-husband had settled with a new partner.


The chick who invented Mid-Lit

By Helen Lederer, February 5, 2015

Every new generation changes the rule-book - sometimes it's a tweak, sometimes it's a wrench from the past. Even my own mother was considered somewhat unchaste by her parents for talking about boyfriends with my sister and me .The gramps would be turning in their graves if they knew about some of the fruitier chats I've had with my own daughter on the same subject.


What the survivors taught me

February 5, 2015

How was it possible that during the 20th century people from Germany, a cultured nation at the heart of Europe, perpetrated such crimes? In my attempt to answer this, I was helped by two accidents of history. The first was I met many former Nazis at exactly the moment when most had nothing to lose by speaking openly.


Helena Rubenstein: Beauty is Power

By Anne Garvey, February 5, 2015

By Mason Klein

Yale University Press, £35


Review: John the Pupil

By Madeleine Kingsley, February 5, 2015

By David Flusfeder
4th Estate, £14.99

There can't be too many Jewish reviewers as acquainted as I am with the 13th-century Franciscan friars who people David Flusfeder's book. You were perhaps studying Torah at Limmud while I notionally embarked on a medieval road trip (from Oxford to Viterbo) with John the Pupil, his two pilgrim sidekicks and a precious package for the Pope.


Review: Hitler's First Victims

By Robert Low, January 29, 2015

By Timothy W Ryback
The Bodley Head, £16.99

A few weeks after Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany by President Hindenburg in January 1933, the first Nazi concentration camp was set up in a derelict munitions factory at Dachau, just north of Munich. On March 22, the first detainees arrived.


Review: 10:04

By Stoddard Martin, January 29, 2015

By Ben Lerner
Granta, £14.99

At one level, 10:04 is a New York lifestyle novel in a tradition of Scott Fitzgerald or Jay McInerney, but with less linear form, wider frame of reference and a more individual voice.