Ruth Gilligan has turned on its head the old adage that a novelist should write about what he or she knows. Instead, she has confidently written about what she wanted to know - namely, the history and experience of Jews living in Ireland.
This is a collection of incidental works by the multi-faceted thinker Walter Benjamin. Many were not published in his lifetime, which was short: 47 years, ending in suicide in Spain while trying to flee to America from Nazi-dominated Europe. Some are mere fragments, from as early as Benjamin's teenage years in his native Berlin.
Moses Maimonides, or Rambam, as he is often called, wrote his Guide of the Perplexed to assuage the unease felt by many of his coreligionists at the apparent inconsistencies between science and philosophy on the one hand and the Torah on the other.
Suffering and suffragette
Later this month, Hutchinson are releasing Helen Rappaport’s Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd 1917, in which she conveys a view of the Russian Revolution through the eyes of foreign witnesses, including Emmeline Pankhurst from Britain.
The Jewish contribution to the politics of the left has always been complex, sometimes contradictory and often of fundamental importance. Labour's current crisis is one more phase in a close and chequered relationship.
Left-leaning Jews have always been a minority within the Jewish community.
Don’t Let My Baby Do RodeoBy Boris Fishman
Reviewed by David Hermanare
Boris Fishman's first novel, A Replacement Life, told the story of two generations of immigrants from the former Soviet Union now in New York. The New York Times called it "bold, ambitious and wickedly smart". That, if anything, understated the case.