Fine writer’s love of conspiracy

By Oliver Kamm, September 2, 2012

"He is materialising my fear that he will do something to disgrace his oeuvre," Christopher Hitchens told me an in interview a few months before his death. The "he" was Gore Vidal, the author and essayist. They had once been allies. Vidal had only semi-jokingly nominated Hitchens as his successor in the world of letters.


Deborah Levy's Swimming Home up for Man Booker

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

Bookmakers have given a Jewish author's musing on depression and loyalty 14:1 to win the Man Booker prize.

The longlist for the prestigious literary award, which comes with a £50,000 prize, was announced yesterday, bringing it into its 44th year.

Deborah Levy has been included on the list for the first time, for her novel "Swimming Home". Ms Levy has written more than a dozen books,


Israel must relinquish ownership over Kafka

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 16, 2012

With the impending verdict of a three year legal battle regarding Franz Kafka's unpublished papers due to be announced imminently; Israel hopes the decision will allow Kafka's work to be restored to the National Library of Israel.


Naomi Ragen to appeal plagiarism ruling

By Mark Robins, July 6, 2012

The American-born novelist, Naomi Ragen, has appealed against a ruling finding her guilty of plagiarising the work of another strictly Orthodox author.

Mrs Ragen, who holds dual American and Israeli nationality and who has lived in Israel since 1971, was found guilty by a Jerusalem court last December of copying sections of a book by Sarah Shapiro.


Son of Kafka, brother of Appelfeld

By Clive Sinclair, July 6, 2012

It’s Springtime for Norman Manea. Not only are Yale publishing his new novel, The Lair, but they are also reissuing two earlier works of fiction, and a collection of essays. In addition, he has recently been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a privilege granted to very few foreign writers.


Alice Walker bans 'The Color Purple' from Israel

By Jessica Elgot, June 20, 2012

The novelist Alice Walker has refused permission to an Israeli publishing firm to reprint her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, citing a cultural boycott of the country’s “apartheid policies”.


Israeli author wins British fiction prize

By Jennifer Lipman, May 15, 2012

A novel about the friendship between a Jewish child and prostitute at a brothel during the Holocaust has been honoured with a £10,000 for fiction.

Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld was named the winner of this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Award. His book, Blooms of Darkness, triumphed over five others including Umberto Eco's The Prague Cemetery.


Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things Are author, dies

By Jennifer Lipman, May 8, 2012

The children's author Maurice Sendak has died at the age of 83.

Mr Sendak, best known for his children's book "Where The Wild Things Are," was also a costume-maker for ballet and opera.


British Council: no support for boycott aims of Palestinian festival

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

The British Council has distanced itself from the pro-boycott aims of a Palestinian literature festival due to take place in Gaza from this Saturday.


Israeli's Holocaust novel shortlisted for foreign fiction award

By Jennifer Lipman, April 24, 2012

An Israeli author is in the running to win a fiction prize worth £10,000.

Aharon Appelfeld’s novel, Blooms of Darkness, is one of six titles shortlisted for the 2012 Independent Foreign Fiction Award.

The book, translated by Jeffrey M Green, tells the story of the relationship between a Jewish boy and a prostitute at a brothel where he hides from the Nazis.