Fiction for, If Not of, Our Times

I have such respect for D.G. Myers. I’m so grateful that he launched this topic on Twitter today. And I’m going to share with you his subsequent tweets for your reference and edification (and for mine).

and one tweet of my own, back to David (D.G.):

What about you? Relevant fiction that you’d recommend at this trying time?

5 thoughts on “Fiction for, If Not of, Our Times

  1. mitch ginsburg says:

    Yoram Kaniuk’s spectacular 1948 or Tashach in Hebrew; Ghassan Kanafani’s Men in the Sun, trans from Arabic

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Mitch, thank you! I’ve been meaning to read 1948. And another of Kanafani’s books has been sitting on my nightstand, too–I was intrigued when I heard about Motti Lerner’s stage adaptation of “Returning to Haifa.” I’ll begin my foray into Kashua’s work with SECOND PERSON SINGULAR now that I know you’re the translator.

  2. Erika Dreifus says:

    More recommendations from D.G. Myers, posted with his permission: David Grossman’s TO THE END OF THE LAND (which I also admire–trans. Jessica Cohen) and Barbara Rogan’s CHANGING STATES (which I haven’t yet read). On the same Twitter thread, Mitch Ginsburg added another suggestion: A.B. Yehoshua’s FACING THE FOREST.

  3. Kitty Hoffman says:

    As a practitioner of and an advocate for of literary nonfiction I’m recommending these work , for their prescience as much as their stunning narrative prose — David Grossman’s Yellow Wind, and Amos Oz’s In the Land of Israel; also Oz’s eye-opening, poignant, and impeccably-written memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness.
    Thanks Erika for your efforts.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Kitty, wonderful to hear from you. Many thanks.

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