Diamonds on offer at London Literary Festival

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2013

A reading from Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld's work, chaired by BBC Today programme presenter James Naughtie, will form part of the line-up for this year's London Literature Festival.

The Israeli writer is nominated for the International Man Booker Award, the winner of which will be announced on May 22.


Picoult aims to boost Shoah education by novel approach

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2013

She has written about teenage gun crime and suicide pacts, visited death row and befriended a condemned man. She has even spent a night ghost-hunting in the name of her craft. Is there any subject novelist Jodi Picoult will not tackle? “No,” she says. “I haven’t found one yet.”


Innocent honesty inside an Aryan exterior

By Vanessa Curtis, April 11, 2013

Let Me Tell You A Story
Renata Calverley


Poor bare, forked males

By Simon Round, April 11, 2013

If you buy only one quirky, surreal collection of comedy short stories about relationships this year, make it Simon Rich’s The Last Girlfriend on Earth (Serpent’s Tail, £9.99).


‘Jews are defined by words, not religion or ethnicity’

By Simon Rocker, April 11, 2013

Frank Sinatra’s daughter Nancy once released a song called, These Boots are Made for Walking. Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger’s book, Jews and Words, could have been sub-titled, These Books are Made for Talking.


Jodi Picoult on the Shoah

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2013

It was perhaps inevitable that the reigning queen of moral-dilemma fiction would one day turn her attention to the Holocaust.

In her career so far — 20 novels and counting — American writer Jodi Picoult has delved into witchcraft, gun crime, suicide pacts and teenage cancer, not to mention the Amish and Native American communities.


Can a psychoanalyst see through you?

By Rebecca Abrams, April 4, 2013

Psychoanalysis and Ghostly Transmissions
By Stephen Frosh

Have you ever seen a ghost? Or felt that an event in your past needed laying to rest? Or had a strong premonition something was going to happen before it actually did? Or caught sight of your reflection in a shop window and for a moment failed to recognise yourself?


Brothers and others

By Moris Farhi, April 4, 2013

By Sayed Kashua (Trans: Mitch Ginsburg)

Deliberations on our individuality, our place in the world — whether or not our attitudes towards social, political and religious responsibilities offer acceptable meanings to life — have been major themes in literature since Antiquity.


Chomsky, sophistry champion

By Oliver Kamm, March 28, 2013

Among Jewish contributors to modern intellectual life, few carry as much name-recognition as Noam Chomsky. Visiting London last week, he drew enthusiastic crowds to a lecture given in honour of Edward Said, the Palestinian literary critic, and an interview at the British Library with Jonathan Freedland, the Guardian columnist and my fellow JC contributor.


Violence takes Israel in the right direction

By Colin Shindler, March 22, 2013

The Triumph of Israel’s Radical Right
By Ami Pedahzur
Oxford University Press, £18.99

In 1969, 32 per cent of the Israeli electorate voted for the centre right and its allies. Forty years later, this had increased to more than 52 per cent, securing the premiership for Netanyahu. Israeli academic Ami Pedahzur tells the story of this remarkable transition.