Literature

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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No second Man Booker Prize for Howard Jacobson

By JC Reporter, October 15, 2014

Howard Jacobson failed to become a two-time Man Booker Prize as the prestigious literary accolade was awarded to Australian writer Richard Flanagan.

Mr Jacobson’s novel J was one of six nominated for the prize, which was announced on Tuesday evening.

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Patrick Modiano, French novelist who wrote about Jews, wins Nobel Prize

By JC Reporter, October 10, 2014

Acclaimed French writer Patrick Modiano has won the Nobel Prize for literature.

He was described by the Nobel committee as a modern-day Marcel Proust.

Mr Modiano, who was born in Paris at the end of the Second World War, is known for chronicling the life in the city under Nazi occupation.

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Poet Dannie Abse dies

By Naomi Firsht, September 29, 2014

The Welsh, Jewish poet Dannie Abse has died aged 91.

During a successful literary career that began in the 1940s, Mr Abse won a number of awards, while also practising medicine as a chest specialist.

Mr Abse died on September 28, surrounded by family, following a short illness.

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Anti-apartheid Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer dies aged 90

By Charlotte Oliver, July 14, 2014

South African author and Nobel Prize winning activist Nadine Gordimer died on Sunday at the age of 90, her family have announced.

A statement said the author, who was considered to be a leading world voice against apartheid, died peacefully in her sleep at home in Johannesburg, with her two children present.

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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.

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Otto Dov Kulka wins Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize

By Charlotte Oliver, February 28, 2014

Otto Dov Kulka took home British Jewry’s top literary award, the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, on Wednesday night for his memoir Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death.

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