Illuminations

By Eva Hoffman Harvill Secker 2008, £16.99 Reading Eva Hoffman’s new novel is a mixed experience. At first, I found the rarefied and brittle consciousness of the protagonist,…
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The Glass Room

By Simon Mawer Little, Brown, 2009, £ 16.99 ‘Light and space…that is everything you need’. So declares a visitor to the spectacular Landauer House, the architectural apotheosis…
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Laish

By Aharon Appelfeld Schocken Books, 2009, $23.95 In some sort of translation trompe l’oeil, this work appears longer in English and the book heavier and more substantial. The…
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Dictation

By Cynthia Ozick Houghton Mifflin, 2008, $24 Four Jiggers of James, A Whiff of Woolf. I confess to having a thing for the fiction of four of my older Bronx contemporaries. For…
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Debating the Debate

‘Anglo-Jewry finds its voice’, trumpeted the front page of the Jewish Chronicle during the harrowing days of the Gaza bombardment. What voice exactly was this? What was it saying?…
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