Gunter Grass praises whistleblower Vanunu in new poem on Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 30, 2012

German poet Gunter Grass has written another poem attacking the Jewish state and praising nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu.

The verse is included in a new compilation of his work published this weekend in Germany, and is called “Hero of our days”.


Miriam Gross Returns to Jerusalem

By Miriam Gross, September 20, 2012

I was born in Jerusalem a year before the outbreak of World War II. My parents had met there (my mother was married to someone else at the time), both having left Germany in 1933 soon after Hitler came to power.


How listening to jazz funk helped Michael Chabon create utopia

By Simon Round, September 20, 2012

Michael Chabon was brought up in a place called Columbia, Maryland. It was what was known in America as a planned community — a 1970s concept of a racially integrated, egalitarian, ecumenical community.


The medieval Jewish poet who preceded Chaucer

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2012

Rare poems documenting the persecution of Norwich's medieval Jewish community, in the period preceding the expulsion from England in 1290, are being given a new lease of life thanks to the work of a dedicated group of residents.


Deborah Levy up against Hilary Mantel for Man Booker

By Jennifer Lipman, September 11, 2012

British Jewish writer Deborah Levy could scoop up the Man Booker prize this year after her name appeared on the shortlist for the prestigious prize.

She is joined on the six-strong list of finalists by satirical novelist Will Self


Neil Gaiman to write new Doctor Who episode

By Jennifer Lipman, September 4, 2012

A British Jewish novelist is to write a new episode of Doctor Who to be screened next year.

Neil Gaiman is not new to the sci-fi series, having written the 2011 episode "The Doctor's Wife". Earlier this week the episode was named best dramatic presentation at the Hugo awards, science fiction's most prestigious awards ceremony.


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.