Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774
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Zach Pontz, JE Feature
Dalia Sofer was only 10 when her family fled their homeland of Iran in the wake of the Islamic revolution of the late 1970s, which saw the end of the Shah's regime. Still, despite her tender years at the time of this forced leave-taking and her sketchy memories of the past, Sofer told a local synagogue audience that she drew...
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Eva Hesse, who died tragically young nearly 40 years ago, was one of the most fascinating and accomplished artists among those gathered under the rubric of postminimalism (though, in reality, no specific art terms can capture the nature of her work, which has been immensely influential since her death in 1970). Her personal story alone has a fascination matched only...
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Big laughs are not the sort of response we immediately associate with most modern poetry. Humor and satire are integral components of some of the great modernist works of fiction -- think James Joyce's Ulysses , Italo Svevo's The Confessions of Zeno , much of Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita and Pale Fire , especially -- even when the overall effect is...
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A glimpse of Hungary before tragedy took hold
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Adam Biro's One Must Also Be Hungarian , recently published by Chicago University Press, is a short book -- topping out at just 168 small pages -- but it contains multitudes. Within its series of portraits, it tells the long, wondrous but ultimately tragic history of Hungary's Jews through the lens of the author's family, following them from the 19th...
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When prose depicts reality, in novel form
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I am forever astonished at how many fictional variations Aharon Appelfeld has been able to spin from the bits and pieces of his tragic life story. This ability became even clearer to me several years ago, when the great Israeli novelist published his memoir The Story of a Life , where he dealt with the "truth" that has been the...
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