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S.Y. Agnon’s ‘Rothschild’s Luck’: An Introduction

The 1963 short story appears in Tablet for the first time in English translation

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A Holiday Fable

Tablet Original Fiction for Passover, from the master of black humor: Evicted from Teaneck, what exodus awaits?

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Poets in the Kitchen Window

Canadian-Israeli writer Ayelet Tsabari’s new collection of short stories, ‘The Best Place on Earth,’ turns Israeliness into a new kind of Diasporic identity

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An Undecorated Soldier

Tablet Original Fiction: Called up, and called back, for duty on the front lines of Israel Defense Force’s Northern Command

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Obsession

An affair—‘the pain of creation, yet without the creation’—by the great 20th-century Brazilian writer, from the ‘Complete Stories’

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JDate Acquires JSwipe

The rival Jewish dating companies, once embroiled in a trademark legal battle, have agreed to a merger. Love wins.

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Etgar Keret’s ‘Shoes’

After a visit to a Holocaust museum, a student sees his Adidas sneakers in a new light

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The Etrog

Fiction by Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon, for Sukkot, in a new English translation by Jeffrey Saks

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André Aciman, Sarah Wildman, and Others Build a Summer Reading List

Looking for a good book to sink into at the beach in these waning dog days? Friends share what they’ve loved lately.

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The Smallest Woman in the World

A tale of love and vanity by the great 20th-century Brazilian writer, from the new ‘Complete Stories’

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Dancing on Tisha B’Av

Brenda’s brother is in love with another man. What will his minyan think?

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Dry

Tablet Original Fiction: ‘Ruth had always assumed she’d die a one-man virgin.’

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The Butcher of Desire; or Imagining Philip Roth

Tablet Original Fiction: Meet Phil the Kosher butcher, non-traditional writing student, counterfactual storyteller, Lothario

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The Age of Bad Holocaust Novels

A cautionary tale: ‘The Death’s Head Chess Club’ and other period fantasies are the inevitable next thing in Shoah fiction

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To the Galilee

A new English translation of fiction by Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon, for Lag BaOmer

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Holy Thief

Tablet Original Fiction: a rabbi, a broken soul, and a huge wad of cash

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Alexis Landau’s Merchant Ivory Novel

In a ‘richly appointed’ debut, ‘The Empire of the Senses,’ German Jews of the 1920s live in blissful ignorance

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Ahlabustin, or Russians in Punta Cana

Tablet Original Fiction set in the all-inclusive resorts of the Dominican Republic

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Sadistic Jewish Hitler Scholar Abuses Girl in Jerusalem

Israeli novelist Gail Hareven dives fearlessly into the the moral quagmires of abuse, vengeance, and the legacy of the Holocaust

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Switzerland Today

A short story by Michael Chabon

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Snowbound

A short short Christmas story

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Searching for the Stars

‘We were told that everybody has to watch.’ Harrowing fiction from Polish great Marek Hlasko, in a first English translation.

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Roth ‘Shocked and Pleased’ Rereading Portnoy

Admits he didn’t realize he’d never be free of its title character

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The Mohel of Myshkov; Or, If Gogol Had Been a Jew

A bris gone wrong comes back to haunt Pavel Zitskovich Bitsnikov

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The Great Israeli Novel Smiles at the Settlers

With his newly translated novel ‘The Hilltop,’ Assaf Gavron stakes his claim to be Israel’s Jonathan Franzen

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The Founder of the House

Newly reissued: the underappreciated writer’s 7-volume, multigenerational Gollantz Saga, an epic of 19th-c. European Jewry

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Why Directors Are Writing Novels Instead of Making Movies

Are David Cronenberg, Ethan Coen, and others honing their artistic vision through fiction, or just more free to be gross there?

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Martin Amis and Howard Jacobson Get the Holocaust Backwards, From Different Angles

New novels answer Irving Howes question: Can we accept aesthetic pleasure in a book about the Shoah?

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S.Y. Agnon’s ‘Twofold:’ An Introduction

The 1939 short story appears in Tablet for the first time in English translation

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Twofold

For Yom Kippur, fiction by Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon, in a first English translation

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