Killing a KingBy Dan Ephron
W W Norton, £17.99
Reviewed by Ahron Bregman
Killing a King is a tale of two stories: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's efforts to strike a peace deal with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat; and Israeli fanatic Yigal Amir's plans to murder Rabin.
Despite Jung's antisemitism - or perhaps because of it? - he was attracted sexually to Jewish women such as Sabina Speilrein and he chose Jewish men as father figures with whom he could fall out bitterly, as he quickly did with Freud.
It was perhaps the most astonishing dinner party of the 20th century. On May 18 1922, Marcel Proust attended a dinner in Paris to celebrate the première of Stravinsky's new ballet, Renard. Other guests included the Stravinskys, the Picassos, Diaghilev and James Joyce.
Watership Down was all very well but now it's the foxes' turn. Inbali Iserles's Foxcraft: The Taken (Scholastic, £5.99) follows Isla the cub as she tries to rejoin her family. Although Isla is, in some ways, almost too realistic a fox, her paws messy with chewed-up leftovers of a "rich, peppery" mouse-dinner, she also learns mystical foxcraft skills.
The thousands of books, the billion-fold repetition of the word, the endless aggregation of memorialisation of the Holocaust can have a dulling rather than heightening effect. What more that is new can be said? What can we learn that we do not already know? What have we not seen? What have we not heard? How can those too young to remember - the vast majority - comprehend?
By Pauline Peretz (Trans: Ethan Rundell) Transaction, £54.50
Joseph Stalin's last years were the "Black Years of Soviet Jewry". The trial and execution of the Yiddish writers, the Slansky trial of mainly Jewish Communists in Prague, and the infamous Doctors' Plot in January 1953, all characterised this period.