| Sep 26, 2010
COMEDY IN A MINOR KEY
Translated from the German by Damion Searls
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 136 pp., $22
THE DEATH OF THE ADVERSARY
Translated from the German by Ivo Jarosy
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 208 pp....
| Sep 26, 2010
A World Without Islam
Little, Brown: 336 pp., $25.99
One of the sadder consequences of the near decade of war and violence that has followed the attacks of 9/11 is that so many people are convinced that we are in a clash of...
| Nov 7, 2010
The Cloud Corporation
Wave Books: 154 pp., $16 paper
Like a favorite late-night DJ surfacing from the AM static one particularly desolate evening, Timothy Donnelly's "The Cloud Corporation," his first collection of poetry in seven...
| Oct 30, 2010
Julian Treslove is having an identity crisis. He's not sure where he stands on circumcision, on Israel and Palestine, on Holocaust memorials, on pretty much every aspect of Jewish culture in contemporary London. But the real problem with Julian's identity...
| Oct 2, 2010
"Revisionist" is a label that is sometimes used to praise and sometimes to bury a public intellectual. It is often applied to Israeli journalist and historian Tom Segev, who has courageously contrasted myth and reality when it comes to the Holocaust ("The...
| Dec 19, 2010
Here, in alphabetical order by title, are the 10 books that, over the last 12 months, most moved, inspired or beguiled me: my favorite books of 2010.
"About a Mountain" by John D'Agata (W.W. Norton: 236 pp., $23.95). Willfully blurring...
| Dec 26, 2010
When They Come for Us, We'll Be Gone
The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 598 pp., $30
If you think the Cold War is dead as the backdrop for any decent espionage story, you haven't read "When They Come for...
| May 6, 2011
"There Be Dragons," most of which is set during the Spanish Civil War of the late 1930s, is supposed to be about the intersecting lives of a saint and a sinner. But it is a third man, a revolutionary, who nearly steals the show. Which might have been...
| Feb 24, 2011
In 2008, the committee that oversees the Oscars' foreign-language film category came under withering criticism for avoiding risky movies. Romania's "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," a frank account of a young girl's illegal abortion, wasn't nominated, nor...
| Jun 23, 2011
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Director Michel Leclerc and his co-writer Baya Kasmi illuminate the ethnic, racial and religious issues that have beset France from World War II to the present -- through, surprisingly, the unfolding of a classic romantic comedy plot. "Le Nom des Gens"...
| Dec 1, 2011
When the end came, it came swiftly and with the shock of an overwhelming force.
Hundreds of police officers in riot gear swarmed out of Los Angeles City Hall early Wednesday, batons across their chests, surprising and engulfing the Occupy L.A. protesters...