Books

Review: Gone to Ground

By Natasha Lehrer, April 23, 2015

By Marie Jalowitz Simon (Trans: Anthea Bell)
Profile, £14.99 (ebook £8.99)

Towards the very end of her life, in 1997, Marie Jalowicz Simon, a highly respected East German philosopher and philologist, began to talk for the first time about her life as a young Jewish woman who managed to survive the war by going underground in Nazi Berlin.

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Review: A Fifty-Year Silence

By Jennifer Lipman, April 23, 2015

By Miranda Richmond Mouillot
Text Publishing, £12.99

As a 15-year-old, Miranda Richmond Mouillot was taken by her contrary, eccentric grandfather to visit a dilapidated property in rural France.

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Narrative checkmate

By Sipora Levy, April 23, 2015

The Death's Head Chess Club (Atlantic, £12.99) is an intriguing novel by John Donoghue about an unlikely friendship that develops between three men.

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True legacy of Günter Grass

By Bernard Wasserstein, April 17, 2015

In a riveting scene in his novel The Tin Drum, Günter Grass depicts the infamous Reichskristallnacht pogrom of November 1938 as it was witnessed in Danzig by the central character, Oskar Matzerath, a hunchbacked, teenage dwarf. This is no conventional, realist narrative. Writing retrospectively in a post-war lunatic asylum, Oskar recalls the horror from a strange, oblique angle.

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Review: A Reunion of Ghosts

By Hephzibah Anderson, April 17, 2015

By Judith Claire Mitchell
4th Estate, £14.99

Judith Claire Mitchell's second novel takes the form of a 370-page suicide note. Make that a triple suicide note. It's also one of the sharpest, tartest, flat-out funniest books you're likely to read any time soon.

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Review: These are the Names

By David Herman, April 17, 2015

By Tommy WieringaScribe, £14.99

This is an astonishing book. Original, dark and quite unlike anything else I have read. And yet it speaks to the mood of our times. It is a novel about violence and barbarism, the fragility of civilisation and a world of people on the move, migrants desperate for a better life.

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Review: A Possibility of Violence

By Alan Montague, April 17, 2015

D A Mishani laments the fact that there is no famous Israeli detective - no Kurt Wallander or Sara Lund.

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Interview: Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

By Josh Glancy, April 8, 2015

There is something passionate about the people of Israel. Born into a seemingly eternal conflict, they live faster and more sensuously than other people, as though they know that it could all end at any moment.

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Review: Lurid & Cute

By David Herman, April 8, 2015

By Adam Thirlwell
Jonathan Cape, £16.99

Adam Thirlwell has had a charmed life as a writer. He has written novels (Politics, The Escape and the "new kind of story" Kapow!). His Miss Herbert (2007) is one of the best books of literary criticism written in the past 30 years. He was chosen as one of Granta's "Best of Young British Novelists" both in 2003 and in 2013.

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Review: Nazi Germany and the Arab World

By Colin Shindler, April 8, 2015

By Francis R. Nicosia
Cambridge University Press, £60

What would have happened if Montgomery had lost at El Alamein and Hitler had defeated the Soviet Union?

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