Dispatches

How World War II turned a Soviet loyalist into a dissident novelist. Plus: An audio interview with the editor of A Writer at War.

Death Wish

A tour through my private Grand Guignol

Sweet and Lowdown

Dani Levy on his groundbreaking comedy that swept the German Oscars

Durban Renewal

Lynn Freed’s fiction brings to life the South African city she left behind. Plus: An audio excerpt from the short story “Foreign Student.”

Total Recall

Has Elie Wiesel made a Faustian bargain with Oprah Winfrey?

Forged Reunions

A picture of post-Soviet provincial life, both Jewish and gentile

Virgin Territory

Falling for a younger man who wants an arranged marriage. Plus: An audio interview with the author.

Immaterial Girl

Madonna, Kabbalah, and me

Barbie, Daughter of Ruth

Tiffany Shlain reaches back to the Pleistocene era to explain assimilation in America

All the Rage

VH1′s So Jewtastic is a case of the lady who doth protest too much

Ghetto Music

When Italians fell for klezmer, Francesco Spagnolo tuned them in to the forgotten sounds of their own people

Headlights

A comedienne’s special kind of holiday cheer

Road Map

A riddle for the Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai

Glamour and Peril

Tempestuous, cold, and intensely private, Elsa Morante considered herself a genius. Are others finally starting to agree?

Pulling Out the Stops

The rise and fall of the synagogue organ

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