The great Yiddish writer envisioned an unbroken transmission of Jewishness through the generations, from biblical prophets to talmudic sages to literary giants like Heine—and himself.
The late American novelist was no nihilist.
Grigory Kanovich, 1929–1923.
Chekhov, Singer, and the absent ending.
The Passenger, Stella Maris, and scientism.
The novelist and rabbi Haim Sabato infuses tradition into fiction as well as any of the Yiddish greats. The difference? His work is unencumbered by modern angst.
Looking back to the venerable genre, I’m struck by how often anti-Semitism presents itself. The late John Le Carré is only the most recent to be accused of that unpleasant condition.
A strange mixture of philo-Semitism and anti-Semitism.
“Something to Remember Me By.”
Unhappy is the nation that can still make a great man out of Céline.
From medieval anti-Semitism to occult novels to a real-life Harry Potter character.
The author The Gulag Archipelago and his critics.