Search Results: "Yehuda Nir"


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HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"An epilogue chronicles the lives of the three family members after the war; it will not surprise the reader that they all chose to emigrate. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
When Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Yehuda Nir was nine years old, the son of affluent, well-educated parents. Read full book review >

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THE EMPIRE OF KALMAN THE CRIPPLE by Yehuda Elberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 1997

"Once again (see above), Elberg tacks an anticlimactic moralizing finale onto a story that is otherwise a triumph."
The Empire Of Kalman The Cripple ($26.95; May 5, 1997; 330 pp.; 0- 8156-0448-3): A later (1983) novel set in a Polish shtetl on the eve of the Second World War, this is a masterly character study of an embittered, crafty shopkeeper who by sheer force of will transforms himself from ``a thief and a lecher . . . [into] an upstanding citizen and a philanthropist.'' Both Kalman's Balzacian appetite for life and his forebears' frustrated struggles for security are explored in convincing depth in a many-leveled narrative that accomplishes the difficult feat of eliciting our compassionate empathy with its disagreeable antihero. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE

"An engaging noirish murder tale with a religious twist."
A vigilante rabbi trails a serial killer in this dark crime novel. Read full book review >

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SHIP OF THE HUNTED by Yehuda Elberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 1997

Ship Of The Hunted ($26.95; May 19, 1997; 308 pp.; 0-8156-0449- 1): The first English translation of a 1974 novel by an eminent Polish writer (new to American readers, and now a Canadian citizen) whose passionate identification with the travail of the European Jews is reminiscent of ``Sholom Aleichem,'' S.Y. Agnon, and Isaac Bashevis Singer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 1994

"A pathbreaking, superb contribution to Holocaust studies."
Bauer offers an eye-opening look into the following question: Could Jewish leaders in America, England, Palestine, and occupied Europe itself have ransomed significant numbers of their brethren? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Courageous ground-level reporting."
As the last U.S. combat battalions depart Iraq, a journalist tallies the staggering cost of the invasion and occupation. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"Horrifying yet mesmerizing: the authors never overplay a potentially melodramatic hand, and no reader will fail to admire the Ovitzes. (16 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
The true story of seven dwarves, a family of performers who survived the Holocaust. Read full book review >

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GOOD PEOPLE by Nir Baram
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"As slogs go, this is not the siege of Leningrad. But it'll do."
A German market researcher in Nazi Germany and the daughter of literary dissidents employed by the NKVD in Stalin's USSR are brought face to face with the consequences of their actions. Read full book review >

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OPEN CLOSED OPEN by Yehuda Amichai
Released: April 1, 2000

"A major work by one of the world's great living poets—but not, one hopes, the last word."
When this collection was published in 1998 in Israel, it was the first volume of Amichai's verse in nearly a decade and was greeted as a magnum opus; now that it can be read in English, in an adroit translation, it is clear that the critical reception on his home turf was well merited. Read full book review >

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RETHINKING THE HOLOCAUST by Yehuda Bauer
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A superb historian's proposals for Holocaust studies, with much to offer the nonspecialist."
A challenging overview of critical questions in Holocaust studies, proposing new directions for research and discussion. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 2006

"Sobering reading, and yet more evidence against the neocon adventure in the Middle East."
To go by current polls, most Americans think American troops should be withdrawn from Iraq. To judge by freelance journalist Rosen's account, most Iraqis agree. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2012

"The successes and sufferings of the Beers and Sassoons makes for interesting material (Rachel was poet Siegfried's aunt), but the authors missed an important opportunity to concentrate more on Rachel's success in running her newspapers."
Portrait of two important late-19th-century English families and their connection to the newspaper industry. Read full book review >