Yuri Slezkine’s Brilliant New ‘The House of Government’ Tells the Story of a Religion That Pretended to Be a Political Theory
Early Soviet elites living—and dying—in thrall to a totalitarian ideal
The French poet saw the coming collapse of civilization. A hundred years later, his ‘The Young Fate’ rings true anew.
Bookworm: So what if the festival of lights has some magic?
An amputated leg, a bitten-off penis, a 600-pound wrestler, and the great tonsil riot, among other examples of humanity’s glorious ineptitude, in ‘Bad Rabbi: And Other Strange But True Stories from the Yiddish Press’
Seventy-nine years after Kristallnacht, ‘A Deadly Legacy,’ a new history of German Jewish soldiers during World War I, traces the origins of the European scapegoating that would engulf the continent some years later
Bookworm: The dude of Philip Kerr’s ‘The Pale Criminal’ abides—Nazis
Vasily Grossman, the Great Forgotten Soviet Jewish Literary Genius of Exile and Betrayal, Lives Inside Us All
Bookworm: if ‘Everything Flows,’ when does it stop?
Bookworm: Was the tough guy America’s greatest act?
Bookworm: Entering the multiverse of alternate selves, a dissociative nightmare, to find a way in the woods
A casualty of a naïve belief in Israel’s potential to adopt a secular Hebrew culture beyond Judaism’s defining religious difference, the Russian-born writer was also revived as a feminist icon in the 1970s
‘Bookworm,’ Tablet’s voracious new column: Alexandria swoons