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Master of the Double Exile

The late Iraqi Israeli novelist Samir Naqqash was forever torn between competing loyalties. An English translation of ‘Tenants and Cobwebs,’ his portrait of 1940s Baghdad, shows him to be the tragic chronicler of the uprooting of Iraqi Jews.

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The War for the Golan Heights

Remembering the dead lost under Avigdor Ben-Gal’s pivotal battle to hold the Syrian army on the Golan Heights in the 1973 Yom Kippur War

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More Die of Heartbreak

Bette Howland steps out of the shadow of Saul Bellow

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Red Eric

A worthy new biography of the late historian Eric Hobsbawm shows the ardent communist in the crucible of the 20th century

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Will Tocqueville’s Dilemma Crash America?

Is equality a danger to freedom in a democratic United States?

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Ilya Kaminsky’s ‘Deaf Republic’

National Poetry Month: A long-anticipated new collection infuses beauty and irony into a dystopian war epic

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Cat People

Why are millennials so afraid to get it on? Sex, power, gender, and swiping right, in Kristen Roupenian’s first collection of short stories.

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The Mystery Poet on the Cover of Sgt. Pepper’s

National Poetry Month: Wallace Berman’s son pens a memoir of the temple the Kabbalistic Beat artist made of his own life

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A Conversation With Marjorie Perloff

National Poetry Month: The fearlessly outspoken critic and Stanford titan on the contemporary poetry canon, the complexities of O.J. Simpson, and the non-Zen of John Cage

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The Left’s Favorite Dirty Word

In her new book, ‘The Lion’s Den,’ Susie Linfield examines the historical antecedents to the left’s Jewish problem

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Joseph Eliyia, the Jewish Messiah of Greek Poetry

How two fundamental pillars of Western thought—classical Greek rationalism and monotheistic Jewish faith—collided in a remote area of the archipelago to produce a short-lived but influential communist

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The End of the World Is Coming, and You Are Responsible

New climate-change narratives ordain humans with godly powers to undo and repair the planet. Is it science, or a new religion?

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A Lesser Wife

In an excerpt from Ayelet Tsabari’s memoir, ‘The Art of Leaving,’ how a Yemeni grandmother found freedom in Israel, but failed to pass on the immigrant’s new rootedness to her daughters

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The Alter Bible

In a landmark new translation, Robert Alter revives the literary power of a Hebrew masterpiece

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Kill Jill

In ‘Merchants of Truth,’ an editor of ‘The New York Times’ chronicles the bloodbath of journalism’s demise—and, in turn, inspires revenge fantasies of her own

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Writing Her Revolt

In the 40 years after the Iranian Revolution, some women memoirists came to see obedience as the opposite of goodness

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Beyond the Zionist Nation-State

A new book asks if the early Eastern European proponents of nationhood saw the future Jewish territorial unit in Palestine as a province within a multinational empire

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Message From a Yiddish Werewolf

A 1920s epic poem about fear, and Jewish vulnerability, that could have been about 1944—or 2018

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Did Salinger Go Awry?

A boxed set for the writer’s centenary confirms him as the master of possibility

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The Great Jewish-Palestinian American Novel

Emerging writer Hannah Lillith Assadi, daughter of a Jewish mother and a Palestinian father, finds a home in the desert of the American Southwest

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A Is for Abish

An Austrian-born American abstract artist arrives at 87 annī and amazes anew

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Sholem Asch’s Jewish Gospels

The Yiddish writer’s re-Judaized imagining of St. Paul turns 75

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A Pocket Book of Wonders

A remarkable record of miracles performed by Ya’akov Arie Guterman on behalf of simple folk in 19th-century Poland

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Thanks in Advance

Episode 158: Iranian political refugee Shay Khatiri on raising $1.2 million for Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, and A.J. Jacobs on his new book about gratitude

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J.K. Rowling’s ‘Lethal White’

Bookworm: Britain’s most prominent defender of the Jews is also a pretty good male mystery writer

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Mish-Mosh Mashup

Ep. 157: Author Gary Shteyngart and Risk! podcast host Kevin Allison, plus some Cleveland mazels

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The ‘Broad City’ Breakup Road-Trip Book

Abbi Jacobson’s new illustrated memoir is, weirdly, not revealing enough

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Adeena Karasick’s Facebook Likes

The ‘gematria’ of status updates, in a new book of poetry by a 21st-century heir to the Kabbalists

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Giorgio Bassani’s Memorial Tapestry

A first English translation of the great Italian Jewish author’s single-volume compendium of tales of Ferrara reminds us of the power of his ghosts

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The Phantom Menace of Judeo-Bolshevism

How a political fantasy became an excuse for genocidal anti-Semitism

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