A Death in Books

A son faces the ghosts his father left behind

Shadow Cities

For Andr

Babylon and On

Naim Kattan’s memoir of his Iraqi boyhood tells a familiar tale: Jews were here. Now they are not.

Laughing Out Loud

Adam Gopnik follows the yuks from Groucho to his 12-year-old son

Family History

In The Lost, Daniel Mendelsohn excavates some unsettling truths about brotherhood, betrayal, and the Book of Genesis.

Jonesin’ for a Booker

How to get yourself noticed

Death Wish

A tour through my private Grand Guignol

Total Recall

Has Elie Wiesel made a Faustian bargain with Oprah Winfrey?

The Odd-Bod

In literary London, Elias Canetti was everybody’s favorite refugee

Tough Times

Joseph Lelyveld reports out his childhood and gets peeved at Cynthia Ozick

Out of the Picture

An attraction to artists and exiles

Up Close and Personal?

When Walter Abish wrote about Germany sight unseen, critics tried to explain him. Does his memoir make him any easier to read?

‘Strangely Independent of Place’

Augie March, who turns 50 this year, starts his journey in Chicago. Bellow avoided it altogether while creating this legendary character, but no matter where he went, the city dominated his imagination.

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