Leaving the Soviet Union in 1989, my mother and I took the so-called Passage of Guilt through Italy, waiting for permission to enter America. Surviving a Southern European winter was the hard part.
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As a child, writer David Bezmozgis was among the Soviet refugees who waited in a seaside Italian village for a visa to the U.S. or Canada. His novel The Free World explores the grittier side of life there.
The Jews of San Nicandro tells the remarkable story of a group of Fascist-era Italian peasants who became Jews and ultimately made aliyah
The Julia Roberts blockbuster—and the Elizabeth Gilbert memoir it’s based on—get the prayer part all wrong
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Levy the wrestler, olives for Hanukkah
Happy Columbus Day! Plus, Abbas flipped, the Coens dissed, and Potok staged
Edda Servi Machlin introduced Italian-Jewish cooking to America
A debut novelist talks about love and tomatoes
Today in African despots
When Italians fell for klezmer, Francesco Spagnolo tuned them in to the forgotten sounds of their own people
Italy’s new literary It Boy takes more than one page out of Philip Roth