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  • Israeli Novel of Ideas Overpowers Story

    By Donna Rifkind

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Foiglman" by Aharon Megged. Translated by Marganit Weinberger-Rotman. (Toby Press, $19.95).



    Can a work of fiction be important without being successful? If so, it would look pretty much like "Foiglman," by the distinguished Israeli author, Aharon Megged.

    "Foiglman" was originally...

  • The Case That Shook the Rabbinate

    By Joe Eskenazi

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "The Rabbi and the Hit Man," by Arthur J. Magida (HarperCollins, $24.95).

    If not for the legion of pederast priests unmasked like some gruesome ecclesiastical episode of "Scooby Doo," Rabbi Fred Neulander might have been a shoo-in for "most infamous religious figure of the past...

  • Noir Fiction Fills in the Babel Blanks

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "King of Odessa" by Robert Rosenstone (Northwestern, $24.95).

    In an impressive effort of literary boldness, historian Robert Rosenstone fills in some of the blanks in Issac Babel's life and work in a first novel, "King of Odessa." He writes as though he has recovered a lost Babel...

  • New Writers Lack Roth Shock Value

    By Donna Rifkind

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction From the Edge" edited by Paul Zakrzewski (Perennial, $14.95).

    It's official. American Jews are now the People of the Book Festival.

    Not so long ago, in a simpler America, there were Jewish-themed books and there were people who read them. Reading was an...

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  • True Tales From the Holocaust and After

    By Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Drohobycz, Drohobycz and Other Stories: True Tales From the Holocaust and Life After" by Henryk Grynberg. Translated from Polish by Alicia Nitecki. Edited by Theodosia Robertson. (Penguin Books, 2002).

    Until recently, the word Drohobycz (pronounced "Dro-ho-bit-ch") sounded to most...

  • ‘Image’ Is Everything

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Dara Horn wrote an exuberant scene in her stunning debut novel, "In the Image," upon returning to her dreary garret flat during a year abroad in 1999. "I'd been to this dismal British market in which an entire aisle was devoted to butter and fats," the ebullient Horn, 25, said...

  • You Go, Girlfriend

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jennifer Weiner began writing "Good in Bed" during a bout of Dumper's Regret in 1998.

    She'd been dating her nice-Jewish-writer boyfriend for a few years, but no engagement ring was forthcoming. So she requested a trial separation. "I went home and proceeded to think about the...

  • Dark Humor Guides Author

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    "I despise 'Schindler's List' because it ends on a redemptive note, and I don't see the slightest bit of redemption in the Shoah...There's all this nonsense out there about healing, but I don't want to heal anything. I want to rip open the stitches. I want readers to bleed."

    Don't...

  • Up Front

    By Rob Eshman

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I love cookbooks, but on lazy summer days, I usually read fiction -- few cookbooks are engaging enough to replace a good novel. And when I go into the kitchen at all, it's usually just to stand in front of the open freezer. But when I do find a cookbook that captures me, cooking with...
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