Books

Interview: David Guterson

By Hephzibah Anderson, November 4, 2011

Until now, David Guterson's novels have been filled with mountains and trees. His hit debut, Snow Falling on Cedars, traced the repercussions of a Japanese-American's murder in a close-knit fishing community, and he has since explored a woodland apparition of the Virgin Mary, a hunting trip, and the lives of former high-school jocks with a passion for the great outdoors.

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Review: A Woman In Jerusalem

By David Herman, November 4, 2011

By A B Yehoshua
Halban Publishing, £8.99

A B Yehoshua once wrote that what made his generation of writers so dominant in Israeli literature was the balance they found "between the revealed and the hidden".

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Nikolaus Pevsner: The life

By Gerda Mayer, November 3, 2011

By Susie Harries
Chatto & Windus, £30

On the dust-jacket of this book, a very elderly head of Nikolaus Pevsner sits aloft two towers of the Buildings of England; they are his own memorial, the vast undertaking that had occupied so many arduous years of his life.

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Review: Divine teaching and the way of the world

By David Conway, November 3, 2011

By Samuel Fleischacker
Oxford University Press, £60

Woody Allen, who can always be relied on to ap-proach the big questions of life in his own, affecting way, once quipped: “Not only is there no God, try getting a plumber on a weekend.” For all his success as a film-maker, Allen recently disclosed that, “I never thought I was doing anyone a favour bringing children into th

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Eichmann's Jews: The Jewish Administration of Holocaust Vienna, 1938-1945

By David Cesarani, October 24, 2011

By Doron Rabinovici
Polity Press, £20

No sooner had the threat of annihilation been lifted from Jews in Europe than they began to accuse one another of co-operating with the Germans in order to survive. Tribunals were set up in liberated cities and Displaced Persons camps to hear charges against former functionaries in German-run administrations.

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Review: The Jews in Poland and Russia, Volumes 1 and 2

By Tony Kushner, October 24, 2011

By Antony Polonsky
The Littman Library, £39.50 each

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Interview: Peter Owen

By David Herman, October 11, 2011

After the war, a group of Jewish refugees took British publishing by storm. Andre Deutsch from Budapest, George Weidenfeld from Vienna and Paul Hamlyn from Berlin.

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Review: The Philanthropy of George Soros

By Oliver Kamm, October 11, 2011

Perseus, £20

George Soros's public activities are a conundrum. While containing much interesting detail, this unsatisfying book fails to resolve it. Soros has devoted huge sums to the cause of establishing institutions to protect human rights and advance the disinterested application of justice. Yet he conspicuously fails to exemplify the qualities he espouses.

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Review: Yossarian Slept Here

By Madeleine Kingsley, October 7, 2011

By Erica Heller
Vintage, £8.99

Joseph Heller, creator of Catch-22, was not a traditionally doting dad. Far from it: he would hide baby Erica in a closet to see how long his wife Shirley took to note the infant's absence. When Erica was old enough to play outside, Heller would say that she could come back in only if she brought him pizza.

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Comedy Rules: From the Cambridge Footlights to Yes, Prime Minister

By Simon Round, October 7, 2011

By Jonathan Lynn
Faber and Faber, £14.99

This book by Yes, Prime Minister co-author (and my uncle)Jonathan Lynn is as hard to pin down as is its author.

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