Literature

Montefiore bigoraphy wins prestigious prize

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

An Oxford University academic has won £16,000 for her biography of Jewish philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore.

Abigail Green's book on the "Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero" was named as the runner-up in the annual Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

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Christopher Hitchens dies at age 62

By Jennifer Lipman, December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens has died at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer.

The writer and commentator, who was a sworn atheist, was told that he was of Jewish descent when he was 38. His maternal grandmother had been Jewish and came from Kempen, now Kempno, in Upper Silesia, a discovery that Mr Hitchens described as thrilling.

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Author Naomi Ragen guilty of plagiarism

By Jennifer Lipman, December 12, 2011

One of Israel's most high-profile authors has been found guilty of plagiarising another writer's work.

Naomi Ragen, who is known for her support for women's rights, will now have to compensate Sarah Shapiro.

Ms Ragen, the author of books including The Sacrifice of Tamar and The Tenth Song, was sued over the content of her novel Sotah.

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Catch 22 author Heller 'enjoyed' army service

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2011

The author of one of the most famous books ever written criticising war was actually excited to serve in the army.

Joseph Heller, whose novel Catch 22 is seen to this day as a vital part of the anti-war literature canon, did not share the attitude of the book's protagonist, Captain Yossarian.

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I’m telling the story of the modern Jew, in all its forms

October 27, 2011

In Tel Aviv a tent city runs the length of Rothschild Boulevard. In Jerusalem they are preparing for a Million Person March. But in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion all is calm, especially in the house of Aharon and Yudit Appelfeld. I am here to talk about Appelfeld's new novel, and to consider his illustrious career as he approaches his 80th birthday.

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Making a meal of Chinese prize

By Anna Sheinman, October 6, 2011

The Chinese language skills of a 22-year-old international business development worker won him an invitation to a Chinese embassy banquet.

Blair Sugarman of Totteridge was among winners of a Chinese speaking competition, for which he recited a Taiwanese poem and spoke about his year in northern China.

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Israel's Nobel Prize winners

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2011

As scientist Daniel Shechtman becomes the tenth Israeli to win a Nobel Prize, we celebrate those who came before him.

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Hall of Fame: Paulo Coelho

October 3, 2011

"A new year is a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within. Shana Tova."

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Gove asks schools to pull out of Tottenham festival

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

Education Secretary Michael Gove has intervened to ask primary schools to pull their pupils out of a literature festival organised by pro-Palestinian campaigners.

Mr Gove wrote to headteachers after learning of the plans for youngsters to attend workshops at the Tottenham Palestine Literary Festival.

Eight schools from the north London boroughs of Islington and Haringey had signalled their i

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Comedy theatre to be renamed after Harold Pinter

By Jennifer Lipman, September 9, 2011

The celebrated Jewish playwright Harold Pinter is to have a theatre named in his honour.

Mr Pinter, who died in 2008 at the age of 78, won a Nobel Prize for literature and was the author of 32 plays including The Birthday Party and The Caretaker.

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