literature

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    Rotterdam residents are receiving a book about the persecution of the Dutch city’s Jews during World War II. On Jan. 27, to mark the 63rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, 260,000 copies of the Holocaust novel “Undeliverable” are to be distributed in Rotterdam, enough for every home, its publisher Gerton Van Boom said Wednesday…. More ▸

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    Israeli writer A.B. Yehoshua said in Paris that Jews living in France are “partial Jews.” At a conference sponsored by a French Jewish author lecture group and Yehoshua’s French publishing house, the essayist and novelist said, “I am a total Jew because I live in Israel, but you in France are partial Jews, though one… More ▸

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    Newberry medalist Sidney Fleischman is among the winners of the 2008 Sydney Taylor Book Awards for Jewish children’s literature. The awards were announced last week by the Association of Jewish Libraries. Fleischman’s provocative new Holocaust-themed book, “The Entertainer and the Dybbuk,” for ages 9-12, won the award for older readers. “Fleischman’s new work is imaginative… More ▸

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    A controversial examination of biblical scholarship and literalism was named the Jewish Book of the Year. “How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now,” by James Kugel, an emeritus professor of Hebrew literature at Harvard University, earned the Everett Family Foundation honors when the National Jewish Book Council announced its 2007… More ▸

  • Lantos’ Holocaust Experience Suffused His Political Career

    In his 27 years in the U.S. Congress, Rep Tom Lantos had two constituencies — California’s 12th District, encompassing parts of San Francisco and its suburbs, and the ghosts of the Jews who perished in his native Europe. Lantos (D-Calif.) announced his retirement Wednesday, citing a cancer diagnosis. “Routine medical tests have revealed that I… More ▸

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    Five authors of nonfiction books have been selected as finalists for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. The award, administered by the Jewish Book Council, includes a $100,000 prize, the largest of its kind in the Jewish literary world. The prize honors an emerging author in the field of Jewish literature who has written… More ▸

  • In a Different Way, Norman Mailer Was a Deeply Jewish Writer

    Jews have never considered Norman Mailer one of their own as they have Bellow, Malamud, the once pariah Roth or even the skeptical Woody Allen. I think they are mistaken. Mailer was a deeply religious writer. Like Hawthorne and Faulkner, he was concerned with God and the Devil, Good and Evil. While not particularly concerned… More ▸

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    Controversial novelist Norman Mailer died at the age of 84. The Pulitzer-Prize winning author died of kidney failure early Saturday in Manhattan. Mailer began his illustrious six-decade career with “The Naked and the Dead,” a semi-autobiographical novel about a 13-man platoon fighting the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. He won the Pulitzer… More ▸

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    French Jews reenacted the ‘Exodus’ ship voyage. Some 300 Jews, most of them French and some of them new immigrants to Israel, docked in Haifa port Thursday after an overnight trip from Cyprus aboard a ship meant to commemorate the legendary “Exodus” of 1947. The original Exodus, which was made famous by a Leon Uris… More ▸