Immediate Identification

Finding things in common with a boy from old L

Firmly in the Fold

S. Yizhar harangued and criticized the country he loved

Land of the Lost

Michael Chabon’s new novel depicts a frozen homeland where beat cops speak Yiddish, snack on blintzes, and chase Hasidic gangsters

Grave Digger

Nathan Englander unearths stories that many in Argentina would just as soon forget

So Big

Human awkwardness was at the heart of Edna Ferber’s popular novels, but she shied away from writing about the outsiders she knew best

A Dreamer of the Golden Dream

Melanie Rehak traces Peter Cole’s controversial poetry and politics to a Holiday Inn in Providence

Asch’s Passion

A popular Yiddish novelist strove for immortality by taking on Jesus, but it cost him his core audience and made him a marked man

Out of India

Sophie Judah’s stories chronicle a vanishing tribe

Strange Trip

Eliot Fintushel’s category-defying Yiddish-inflected science fiction

Managed Care

Rattled by a sudden lack of indifference

Late Bloomer

A nonagenarian gives the memoir thing a go, revisiting his hard-knock Lancashire boyhood

Liberated Bride

Alix Kates Shulman on the creation of an ex-prom queen and protofeminist

The Angel of History

A new volume of Hannah Arendt’s writing sheds light on the persistence of anti-Semitism

Our Man in Bethlehem

Matt Beynon Rees creates a new kind of sleuth

The Man Who Would Be King

Thirty years ago, Leslie Epstein raised hackles with his fictional take on the Lodz ghetto

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