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I.B. Singer, the Last Demon

In stories written in Poland and the U.S., the modernist master Isaac Bashevis Singer mined folk tales to convey the 20th century’s essential cruelty

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Fantasyland

Michael Chabon may finally score a hit as a screenwriter for Disney’s new sci-fi flick John Carter. But will success in Hollywood ruin his fiction?

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Revealed

A new English-language translation of the short stories of Soviet writer Der Nister, or The Hidden One, brings his enigmatic Yiddish work to light

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The Prague Cemetery

In the late Umberto Eco’s 2010 novel, 19th-century Europe is a land of ominous mystery, and a Parisian junk shop is the passage to a lost world. An excerpt.

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Children’s Books

Elie Wiesel’s Night and Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird established the child’s perspective as a useful lens for confronting the Holocaust

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Jerusalem Stone

Robert Stone’s 1998 novel Damascus Gate sets spies, cultists, and terrorists loose in the Holy Land

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Aleksandar Hemon wins PEN fiction award

Bosnian writer subject of a 2008 Nextbook podcast

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Re-remembering Yerushalmi

Reflections on a former professor and his posthumous fiction debut

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Walter and Edith

Some people love taking cruises. The retired couple in this short story, by Miami fiction writer Jeremy Glazer, enjoys watching them go by.

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Judy Blume: Still Awesome

And still totally getting you

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End of the World

Novelists Gary Shteyngart and Joshua Cohen discuss their dark visions of the future

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 10, Part 5

In our final installment, Bernie tastes both disillusionment and the sublime

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 10, Part 4

Peering from behind a curtain, Bernie sees the rabbi in action

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 10, Part 3

Upon entering the rabbi’s enlightenment center, Bernie is taken aback

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 10, Part 2

Unable to fully master his newfound skills, Bernie visits Rabbi Eliezer at his workplace

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 10, Part 1

Abandoned by his mentor, Bernie falls back on old habits

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 9, Part 5

Overcoming his native skepticism, Mr. Karp accepts the rabbi’s offer

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 9, Part 4

After sensing a business opportunity, the rabbi asks Mr. Karp to be his backer

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 9, Part 3

In his three-day walkabout, the rabbi gets a taste of American excess

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 9, Part 2

When a thief offers Pisgat some contraband beluga, Max senses an opportunity

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 9, Part 1

Sensing an opportunity, Pisgat is slow to release the rabbi

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 8, Part 5

The new Jocheved goes to retrieve the family’s well-chilled heirloom

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 8, Part 4

The handmaiden gives Jocheved a (pretty radical) makeover

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 8, Part 3

Finally on the mend, Jocheved makes her first outing—to her mother’s funeral

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 8, Part 2

When you go, Basha Puah says, be sure to take the rabbi with you

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 8, Part 1

On her deathbed, Basha Puah instructs her daughter to head to the Golden Land

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 7, Part 5

Before expiring, Salo performs a final act of heroism

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 7, Part 4

As she recovers, Jocheved endures terrible dreams

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 7, Part 3

Dressed in one of Mr. Karp’s jackets, the rabbi makes his entrance

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The Frozen Rabbi: Week 7, Part 2

As he ponders the letters of the Tetragrammaton, Bernie’s brain begins to tingle

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