Loveless lives in heartless cities

By David Herman, May 2, 2014

David Vogel was born in the Russian Pale, a member of that extraordinary generation of Russian-Jewish writers, born in the 1890s, which included Isaac Babel and Boris Pasternak. In 1912, he moved to Vienna, where he taught Hebrew to make ends meet.


Gemma Levine - portrait of a photographer

By Julia Weiner, May 2, 2014

Gemma Levine, many of whose portrait photographs have appeared in the Jewish Chronicle over the years, and who has produced several books, has now brought together a number of her best photographs in a memoir about her professional life.


Across the Jewish, Muslim, Christian religious divide

By David Conway, April 25, 2014

The short answer to the question posed by the title of this absorbing book is that its very existence proves Jews, Muslims and Christians can.


Avraham Stern's violent life and death

By Jenni Frazer, April 25, 2014

Most people with a passing knowledge of the history of the dying days of the British Mandate in Palestine will have heard of the Stern Gang, or Stern Group as it became more formally known.


Pleading hearts and sanity inspectors

By David Herman, April 25, 2014

Lisa Appignanesi has written or edited more than 20 books. Her novels and her non-fiction are both marked by a preoccupation with passion and the mind, notably the darker areas of both.


Maimonides - a philosopher for all time

By David Conway, April 25, 2014

In each of his three successive main works, Moses Maimonides made a major contribution to Jewish thought any one of which would have secured him a place in the annals of Jewish history.


JW3 marks Yom Hashoah

April 25, 2014

JW3, the Jewish community centre in Finchley Road north London, is marking Yom Hashoah this weekend with a series of events the centrepiece of which is After Images, a discussion between three daughters of Holocaust survivors -- Lisa Appignanesi, Aloma Halter and Anita Peleg --- each of whom has a new book out relating to Holocaust memory.


Countrymen: Hints of Denmark

By Tony Kushner, March 26, 2014

By Bo Lidegaard
Atlantic Books, £22

We cannot get enough, these days, of Scandinavian crime thrillers but the only mystery here is how the publisher has tried to get away with suggesting, in a sub-title, that the rescue of Danish Jewry in October 1943 is an "untold story".


Review: No Book But the World

By David Herman, March 26, 2014

By Leah Hager Cohen
Clerkenwell Press, £12.99

Leah Hager Cohen's last novel, The Grief of Others (2011) was a clear and moving account of the members of a dysfunctional family in suburban upstate New York trying to pull their lives together. The son, Paul, is an "overweight, acned, awkward" teenager, bullied and lonely at school. The daughter, Biscuit, is secretive and plays truant.


Singular South American genius

By Stoddard Martin, January 20, 2014

Near to the Wild Heart
Passion According to G.H.
A Breath of Life (all £8.99)

Agua Viva
Hour of the Star (both £7.99)
By Clarice Lispector

Why This World (£12.99)
By Benjamin Moser
Penguin Modern Classics

On the jacket of one of the five novellas by Clarice Lispector, released simultaneously by Penguin Modern Classics, Colm Tóib