Review: The Death of the Adversary – Hans Keilson

Hans Keilson died in 2011 at the age of 101. A German Jew, Keilson and his non-Jewish wife fled to the Netherlands in 1936 to avoid Nazi persecution. The couple separated during the war while Keilson went into hiding, undertaking work among the Jewish children separated from their parents. He reunited with his wife after […]

Review: The Warsaw Anagrams – Richard Zimler

Authors comment extracted from comment list below: “Just to mention that The Warsaw Anagrams is currently on sale in the Kindle format at for the absurdly low price of £1.59″.

I don’t know how long the sale will last.I rarely pre-order books as soon as I hear about them, but when I saw that […]

Review: The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson

Update 13 October 2010. Depite my prediction below, The Finkler Question DID win the Booker Prize. My congratulations to Howard Jacobson .

Howard Jacobson’s novel The Finkler Question is another Booker long-list selection, and I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t make the short-list, although my guess is that it won’t actually win the prize.

Howard […]

Review Rhyming Life and Death – Amos Oz

I was drawn to Rhyming Life and Death when I read on the cover that it reflects on “writing, reading and the elusive chimera of literary posterity” . I have a category of book on this blog entitled “books about books”, and as an avid reader, a new addition to it is a reward in […]

Review: Kahn and Englemann – Hans Eichner

The English translation of Kahn and Englemann was published this year by the Canadian publisher Biblioasis, just three days after its author Hans Eichner died at the age of 87. Eichner, an Austrian Jew, was well-placed to write this story of a Jewish family from rural Hungary as they made their way through the trials […]

Review: The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon – Richard Zimler

This novel, The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, lays the foundation for Zimler’s magnificent Zarco series, which charts the fortunes of the descendants of Zerkiah Zarco over several centuries. It is suprising that some readers have failed to see that this is a work of fiction – Zimler likes to mix up fact and fiction and […]