Dara Horn is the award-winning author of five novels, most recently Eternal Life.
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The Yiddish Madame Bovary’s Abortion

Stalin-victim Dovid Bergelson’s ‘The End of Everything’ is about the demise of Eastern European Jewish life

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Laughter in the Face of Oncoming Death

Yiddish writer Itzik Manger’s ‘relentlessly delightful’ biblical fantasia ‘The Book of Paradise’ refuses to be taken to the bitter edge

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‘The Tree of Life’ Is a Brilliant Work of Art About the Holocaust

Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb brought cruel death in the Lodz ghetto to life

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The Cross on Our Foreheads

The best Yiddish story ever written about a pogrom is by Lamed Shapiro, the early 20th-century American Yiddish writer who wanted the Jews to get woke

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My Old Kentoki Home

An enduring and strange epic poem about life in America in the early 20th century—for many Jewish immigrants, a true Promised Land

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A Tale of Sadomasochism and Coffee

The café as ‘safe space’ in interwar Vienna, in David Fogel’s Hebrew classic, ‘Married Life’

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The Magic Mountain of Yiddish

Jacob Glatstein’s 1930s Yiddish novel ‘Homecoming at Twilight’ foresaw the coming doom

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Winter Wonderland

Yiddish poet Avrom Sutzkever’s 1936 work ‘Siberia’ magically upends a litany of misery for him and his people

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Why Yiddish is Funny

As demonstrated by the ‘Jewish Don Quixote,’ by S.Y. Abramovitsh, aka Mendele the Book Peddler

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Can Agnon’s Goat Speak English?

Reading the great Hebrew writer in Toby Press’ translation to English, 50 years after his Nobel prize, brings his layered simplicity to a new and deserving audience

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Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl (1946)

The shrink of Auschwitz

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The Family Mashber, Der Nister (1939)

Who needs Tolstoy?

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The Rescuer

Varian Fry led the effort to save Hannah Arendt, Marc Chagall, and thousands of other European intellectuals from the Nazis. Why was he forgotten?

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Repeat Performances

What Jewish rituals and Judaism share with Civil War reenactment and Southern culture

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