Books

Review: Final Solution

By Ben Barkow, March 10, 2016

By David Cesarani
Macmillan, £25

Can the content of a book be entirely untouched by the circumstances of its writing? Surely not, and Final Solution is poignant for being shot through with the sense of an ending - tragically, David Cesarani did not live to see its publication.

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Review: Their Promised Land

By Julia Neuberger, March 10, 2016

By Ian Buruma
Atlantic Books, £18.99

Ian Buruma's moving love letter to his grandparents' memory is evocative and absorbing. I can just remember his grandparents - friends of my grandparents, though half-a-generation younger, and a whole generation more English.

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Passionate, poignant, painful

By Anne Garvey, March 3, 2016

Maman, What Are We Called Now?
By Jacqueline Mesnil-Amar (Trans: Francine Yorke)
Persephone Books, £12

But You Did Not Come Back
Marceline Loridan-Ivens (Trans: Sandra Smith)
Faber & Faber, £12

Jacqueline Mesnil-Amar's is an exquisite book, a dramatic snatch of history, written in the form of a diary - passionate, indignant and beautifully expressed.

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Three matching gems from a Nobel laureate's crown

By David Herman, March 3, 2016

After the Circus
By Patrick Modiano (Trans: Mark Polizzotti)
Yale University Press, £10.99

In the Café of Lost Youth
By Patrick Modiano (Trans: Euan Cameron)
MacLehose Press, £14.99

The Black Notebook
By Patrick Modiano (Trans: Mark Polizzotti)
MacLehose Press, £14.99

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You’ll be ongeshtupped

By Jonathan Margolis, February 25, 2016

I have been conducting exhaustive, and often exhausting, field research into New York delis for 35 years. The Carnegie was my first, and its Brobdingnagian chopped liver sandwiches sufficient for two Brits - perhaps one-and-a-half British Jews- were my introduction to noshing, US style.

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Review: The Extra

By Stoddard Martin, February 25, 2016

By A. B. Yehoshua
Halban, £12.99

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Review: Raoul Wallenberg

By Monica Porter, February 25, 2016

By Ingrid Carlberg
Maclehose Press, £30

Investigative journalist Ingrid Carlberg's biography of Raoul Wallenberg, the young Swedish diplomat who faced down the Gestapo and rescued Jews in Budapest during the murderous months of 1944 when Hungary came under Nazi occupation, follows quite closely on the heels of that by historian Bengt Jangfeldt.

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Children's Books: New York, new life

By Angela Kiverstein, February 25, 2016

My Aunt Manya by José Patterson (Matador, £6.99) is the story of 10-year-old Sarah, sent unaccompanied to New York to escape the Russian pogroms. She endures stinking conditions in steerage, assists with the birth of a baby, learns English from a kind, fellow passenger and confronts a final challenge on Ellis Island before finding a new home.

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Abba Eban: A Biography

By Vernon Bogdanor, February 18, 2016

By Asaf Siniver
Duckworth Overlook, £25

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Review: History's People

By Robert Low, February 18, 2016

By Margaret MacMillan
Profile, £14.99

How much do individuals shape the course of events? Or is history the product of much wider forces, such as economic and social change, or technological and scientific advances?

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