Literature

‘Nazi’ love novel causes outrage after awards nominations

By Sandy Rashty, August 11, 2015

A novel in which a “blonde and blue-eyed Jewess” converts to Christianity after she falls in love with a Nazi officer in the Theresienstadt concentration camp has sparked outrage after it was shortlisted for two prestigious literary awards.

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Hugo Rifkind and Samantha Ellis named as Wingate Prize judges

By JC Reporter, July 27, 2015

A leading journalist , an acclaimed novelist and a senior rabbi will be the judges for one of Anglo-Jewry’s most prestigious literary prizes, it was announced today.

Columnist Hugo Rifkind, author Samantha Ellis and Jonathan Wittenberg, senior rabbi of Masorti Judaism, will decide who will win next year’s Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize, and receive £4,000 in prize money.

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Novelist E L Doctorow dies, aged 84

By JC Reporter, July 22, 2015

E L Doctorow, the acclaimed American Jewish author, has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 84.

In a tweet, United States president Barack Obama paid tribute, describing him as “one of America’s greatest novelists.

“His books taught me much, and he will be missed.”

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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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Jemma Wayne longlisted for £30,000 Baileys fiction prize

By JC Reporter, March 10, 2015

Jemma Wayne has been longlisted for the £30,000 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel After Before.

Ms Wayne joins 19 other writers, including Sarah Waters, Rachel Cusk and Anne Tyler.

She said she was “thrilled.

“It’s a real honour to be in such great company."

Her book is about three women facing profound challenges in their lives.

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Authors from across the globe compete on JQ-Wingate prize shortlist

By Josh Jackman, January 13, 2015

The nominees for this year’s prestigious JQ-Wingate literary prize come from all over the globe, with authors from four continents competing on the shortlist, announced today.

Famous literary figures such as Simon Schama and Ari Shavit, as well as controversial anti-Zionist Ilan Pappé, fell by the wayside as the longlist was cut down from 15 to seven.

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Towering Babel

By David Herman, December 19, 2014

Isaac Babel’s short-story collection, Red Cavalry, was first published in 1926. The stories describe Babel’s experience of fighting with the Cossacks against the Poles in the Russo-Polish war (1919-20), one of the most violent conflicts of the early 20th century. Babel was in his mid-20s, Jewish, bald, bespectacled and far from being a born warrior.

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Expansive in life and literature

By Sipora Levy, November 21, 2014

Though a prolific and popular writer in her time, Naomi Jacob’s work has been somewhat neglected in recent years.

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Writer of Dreyfus novel wins thriller prize

By Naomi Firsht, October 27, 2014

Robert Harris won the prize for best thriller of the year with his novel An Officer and a Spy depicting the Dreyfus Affair.

Mr Harris was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best thriller last weekend at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

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Shlomo Sand accused of hypocrisy over his rejection of being Jewish

By Josh Jackman, October 15, 2014

A controversial Israeli historian has faced accusations that he is being hypocritical in rejecting his Jewishness.

Professor Shlomo Sand says he no longer regards himself as Jewish.

But at a packed meeting in London, he was challenged over why he had not rejected his Israeli citizenship too.

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