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.

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?

Virgin Territory

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

Glamour and Peril

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

The Journalist and the Murderer

What’s it like to discover that your great-uncle was a mobster?

Fight Club

In the 1930s, boxing was more infused with politics than ever before

Painful Admissions

Unearthing the history of discrimination in the Ivy League

School Ties

Jacques de Lacretelle won praise when he wrote in Dreyfus’ shadow, but today his portrait of a prep-school peer looks grotesque.

The Good Doctor

Examining Maimonides with Sherwin Nuland

A History of Violence

Lionel Trilling was a classicist who did not believe in creativity’s lower depths. So what did he see in Isaac Babel?

Foreign Affairs

Aaron Hamburger’s Americans abroad are not so innocent

Faking It

When girls want to know how Stacy Friedman’s bat mitzvah compares with my own, I need to be armed with answers.

Flood Watcher

Fiction echoes the nightly news

Poet, Warrior, King

In The Life of David, the first book in Nextbook’s Jewish Encounters series, Robert Pinsky examines the legacy of one of the Bible’s most compelling figures

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