Literature

Visions of death in the colours of life

By Moris Farhi, March 8, 2013

The Metropolis of Death (a fitting designation for the Auschwitz complex) offers reflections on the Holocaust by the eminent, Czech-born Israeli historian, Otto Dov Kulka.

Kulka was transferred, when still a boy of 10, from Theresienstadt to Auschwitz-Birkenau where he miraculously survived in Block BIIb — the “family camp”— for 15 months.

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Is anything OK with your meal?

By Jenni Frazer, March 4, 2013

Our people, as we all know, love to do three things: eat, talk, and complain.

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British journalist John McCarthy fails to charm at Book Week

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2013

British journalist John McCarthy was forced to defend himself against allegations of antisemitism during a heated discussion at Jewish Book Week about the past and present experiences of Israeli Arabs.

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Shalom Auslander wins Wingate prize

February 28, 2013

American author Shalom Auslander has won British Jewry's top literary award for his Holocaust novel Hope: A Tragedy.

He was awarded the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize at Jewish Book Week on Wednesday evening. Mr Auslander also received £4,000 in prize money.

The book focuses on salesman Solomon Kugel and his discovery that a deformed, elderly Anne Frank is hiding in his attic.

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‘Assad has no atomic bomb: thank Israel’

By Tom Gross, February 8, 2013

With the forces of Bashar al Assad having killed tens of thousands of civilians over the past two years, and with persistent rumours that he may use chemical weapons, the world should be grateful to Israel that Syria does not also have a nuclear option.

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Adolf Hitler ‘comedy’ is bestseller

By Toby Axelrod, January 17, 2013

Imagine that Hitler wakes up in modern-day, flourishing, multi-cultural Berlin. This is the premise of the debut novel He’s Back (Er ist wieder da), by German journalist Timur Vermes. And although the reviews are less than positive, the book has become a bestseller.

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Jewish love story 'The Innocents' up for Costa Book Award

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2013

A novel about life and love in the Jewish community of North West London has been shortlisted for a prestigious book award.

Francesca Segal's The Innocents is in the running to scoop up the Costa Book Award, a £25,000 prize. On Wednesday it was named best first novel, giving it a place on the shortlist for the overall Costa prize.

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Unlovable, but not self-hating

By Oliver Kamm, November 26, 2012

Postwar America found not only prosperity but a new literary voice. Philip Roth, one of its principal exponents, has now laid down his pen. Having written 31 books, Roth has decided that he has said what he wants to say. He told the New York Times last week: "I sat around for a month or two trying to think of something else and I thought, 'Maybe it's over, maybe it's over'."

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Case for and against Holocaust schlock

By David Herman, November 25, 2012

In his fascinating book, What Ever Happened to Modernism?, the Jewish writer, Gabriel Josipovici, lays into middlebrow writing. What attracted attention when his book came out last year was his attack on some of Britain's best-known contemporary novelists, including Martin Amis, Julian Barnes and Ian McEwan.

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Kafka documents to go to Israel National Library

By Anna Sheinman, October 15, 2012

A protracted legal dispute over a collection of writings belonging to Franz Kafka came to an end in a Tel Aviv court over the weekend, when a judge ordered the documents be gifted to the Israel National Library Museum.

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