I always enjoy Josh Lambert’s New Books column for Tablet, but I found this week’s edition, in which Josh introduces various texts that deal with “Jewish life–and Jewish ghosts–in China, Europe, and Latin America,” particularly intriguing.
New blog alert: On kabbalahworlds, writer Kitty Hoffman is “on the trail of Isaac the Blind, SagiNaHar, father of kabbalah, possible ancestor. Tracking his teachings through Occitania, Catalonia, Castile, Andalucia; finding traces of long-gone Jewish civilisations. What remains?”
Erika Dreifus is a freelance writer and book publicist. She is also the editor and publisher of The Practicing Writer, a free (and popular) e-newsletter that features opportunities and resources for fictionists, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction.
A high-ranking Nazi’s wife and a Jewish doctor in prewar Berlin. A Jewish immigrant soldier and the German POWs he is assigned to supervise. A refugee returning to Europe for the first time just as terrorists massacre Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. A son of survivors and the family secrets modern technology may reveal. These are some of the characters and conflicts that emerge in Quiet Americans, in stories that reframe familiar questions about what is right and wrong, remembered and repressed, resolved and unending. Portions of the proceeds from sales of Quiet Americans are being donated to The Blue Card. Quiet Americans has been named a 2012 Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title (American Library Association) and recognized as a “Notable Book” (The Jewish Journal) and “Top Book” (Shelf Unbound).
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