Books

Review: 'Paddington Pollaky' Private Detective

By Simon Round, May 8, 2015

So ubiquitous have the stories become of Sherlock Holmes and his pipe-smoking, deer-stalker profile, that many tourists visiting London believe that the fictional detective did actually inhabit 221b Baker St.

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Review: European Muslim Antisemitism

By Keith Kahn-Harris, May 8, 2015

As Günther Jikeli argues in his compelling new book, there is a "research gap" on Muslim antisemitism in Europe. Although there have been surveys investigating Muslim attitudes to Jews, there is very little fine-grained, detailed research on this issue.

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Review: Complete Poems by Jon Silkin and Portraits by Elaine Feinstein

By Peter Lawson, May 8, 2015

Jon Silkin's death in 1997 marked a huge loss to poetry. Silkin was a substantial literary presence, from his first volume The Peaceable Kingdom (1954) to his posthumously published Making a Republic (2002).

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Anonymous soldiers: When 'terrorists' won the war

May 8, 2015

If someone told you that Osama bin Laden masterminded 9/11 after reading a seminal text about militant Zionism - written by a former Israeli Prime Minister - would you believe them? The story may sound far-fetched, but it's true.

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Why I had to expose the 'secret' of Hitler

By Emma Craigie, May 8, 2015

When the Russian tanks entered the centre of Berlin on April 29 1945, a 26-year-old Jewish woman was travelling in a jeep ahead of the troops. Elena Rzhevskaya was a military interpreter for Russia's 3rd Shock Army. She worked for SMERSH, the Soviet counter-intelligence agency, whose name is an acronym of the Russian for "death to spies".

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The Heights of fame for a long forgotten man

By David Herman, April 30, 2015

Everywhere you go these days, you can see copies of Kolymsky Heights, a thriller written more than 20 years ago. It's all very strange. When the author, Lionel Davidson, died in 2009 he had published one novel in 30 years. The month before he died, the Independent ran an item headed, Forgotten authors no. 37: Lionel Davidson.

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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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