Agent Provocateur

In Arnon Grunberg’s fiction, there are no unmentionables

Dizzy With Life

Clarice Lispector’s gorgeous, vibrant writings made one writer’s head—and heart—spin

A Wanderer in the Desert

How a tubercular shoemaker became a great Yiddish poet

Intimate Stranger

Margot Singer’s debut collection explores one woman’s quest to connect

Best of 2007

Fortress of Solitude

How an antiwar novel became a best-selling solace for Israeli soldiers and their families

Home Alone

Meir Shalev holds forth on pigeons, homeland, and why reading a book is like a blind date

Sons of Liberty

A historical children’s book with conflicting ideas on Jewishness

Sophie Says

A young critic weighs in on three new novels

Wartime Truths

In 1945, Jerzy Andrzejewski’s novel of the Warsaw ghetto enraged Poles and Jews alike. How will it read to audiences today?

Back to Cuba

Anthropologist Ruth Behar keeps returning to the place her family left behind

Civilization and Its Discontented

Exactly who heeded the call of Abraham? Book touring makes a writer wonder.

The Devil and Der Führer

Norman Mailer brings out the evil in all of us

Great Pretenders

In Romain Gary’s family, invention was the necessity of mother and son

Crimes and Misdemeanors

In Lore Segal’s fiction, no one is innocent

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