Adam Kirsch

Adam Kirsch is a contributing editor for Tablet Magazine and the author of Benjamin Disraeli, a biography in the Nextbook Press Jewish Encounters book series.

The Structuralist

A biography explores Claude Lévi-Strauss’ fascination with what makes cultures tick

Bordering on Malicious

The new Words Without Borders anthology of writing from the Middle East is marred by a key omission

Devastated

Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands contextualizes the story of Eastern European Jewry’s sad fate without relativizing it

Caught on Film

An Israeli historian uses an iconic photograph to tell five intertwined stories of the Warsaw Ghetto

Divided Soul

A new biography examines the conflicting passions that animated the life and work of Dybbuk playwright S. An-sky

Convertito

The Jews of San Nicandro tells the remarkable story of a group of Fascist-era Italian peasants who became Jews and ultimately made aliyah

Last Exit

In Gal Beckerman’s telling, the story of the Soviet Jewry movement becomes one of modern Jewish history’s great dramas

Homecomings

A museum exhibition and a new translation from the Yiddish examine ‘heritage travel’ in the 1930s

Counter-Revelations

In his subtle translations of the Bible’s Wisdom Books—Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job—Robert Alter highlights the canon’s subversive side

Life During Wartime

In Nemesis, Philip Roth conjures Jewish Newark amid a 1944 polio outbreak

Mirror Images

In The Finkler Question, Howard Jacobson sees Jewish shame and non-Jewish philo-Semitism as two sides of one coin

All Turned Around

The hero of I.B. Singer’s newly reissued The Magician of Lublin is torn between bohemia and bourgeois respectability, Jews and Gentiles

Turning Point

A new history argues that it was a single play—Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!—that ushered in the beginning of Broadway’s Golden Age

Tumultuous Time

A panoramic history of Russian and Polish Jewry focuses on the key period between 1881 and 1914

Founding Document

A new book argues for the enduring significance of the 1917 Balfour Declaration

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