Literature

Writer Howard Jacobson to set next book in future

October 10, 2013

Howard Jacobson has revealed that his next book will be something of a departure for him — he is setting it in the future.

But it is a future that is all too familiar, a time when, the author said, a disaster has befallen the Jews.

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Chesterton defence that doesn't stand up

By Oliver Kamm, October 10, 2013

Antisemitism is an evil, not a writerly idiosyncrasy. That’s a mere truism. It needs to be stated, however, because the Catholic Church is examining the case for canonising G K Chesterton, author of the Father Brown detective stories.

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The wives working for Hitler during the Holocaust

By Simon Round, October 10, 2013

German housewife Erna Petri was on her way home from a shopping trip near her wartime house in the Ukraine when she saw six naked boys hiding by the side of the road. As the wife of an SS officer, she realised that they were Jewish escapees. She took them into her home and fed them.

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Novel twist from an ex-Mossad man

By Jenni Frazer, October 3, 2013

Spy thrillers are always suspect, aren’t they? Either the writer is boasting about his or her expertise, or they tip over from the preposterous into parody. Not so with the thrillers of Mishka Ben-David, the first of which, Duet in Beirut, is published in English for the first time this month. For 12 years Ben-David was a Mossad operative — and it shows.

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Catholic Church probes Chesterton sainthood bid

By Charlotte Oliver, September 25, 2013

The priest investigating whether author G K Chesterton should be made a saint has said he will take account of Jewish concerns about the writer’s antisemitism.

Canon John Udris has been asked by the Catholic Diocese of Northampton to begin the lenghty process of considering Chesterton for canonisation.

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The UK needs truly authentic children's books - now

By Madelyn Travis, September 18, 2013

When I was growing up in New York, the local library stocked a generous selection of Jewish fiction for young people.

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Can this Jew-hater G K Chesterton be a saint?

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 18, 2013

I never cease to be amazed at the lengths to which some will go to excuse or belittle clear expressions of antisemitism articulated by public figures, present or past. The issue of G K Chesterton, to which Oliver Kamm brought our attention in the JC last month, is a case in point.

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Why I write in Hebrew

By Sayed Kashua, September 13, 2013

About two years ago, I was in a western European city participating in an evening dedicated to literature. My host invited the audience to ask me questions. The first question came from a young Palestinian woman from a refugee camp in Lebanon. She declared that she had never read a single word I had written, and promised never to do so in the future.

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Harris and Mendelson fail to make Man Booker shortlist

By Josh Jackman, September 10, 2013

Eve Harris and Charlotte Mendelson have missed out on the 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist.

The two writers, both 40, had been longlisted along with 11 other novelists, but failed to make the cut on the six-strong shortlist, announced this week.

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Howard Jacobson to rewrite Shakespeare

By Josh Jackman, September 9, 2013

Award-winning author Howard Jacobson has been commissioned to rewrite The Merchant of Venice.

Publisher Penguin Random House asked Mr Jacobson to write an updated prose “retelling” of the play as part of a series marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

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