Robert Alter

The promise of translation.

Robert Alter
June 5 2023 12:05AM

His work reminds us that fiction can be entertaining, and perhaps should be, even when it is serious.

Robert Alter
Oct. 4 2022 12:01AM

Robert Alter himself conspicuously does not call his own version Jewish in any way. Can we?

Feb. 18 2019 12:01AM

Finished after decades of labor, this one-man English translation is a stupendous achievement. How does it hold up against the masterpieces (and follies) that have come before?

Feb. 4 2019 12:01AM

The full subtlety and intelligence of the Hebrew Bible cannot be understood, argues Robert Alter, unless it is approached as a work of literature; his. . .

June 14 2013 12:00AM