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book cover Style & Seduction

Style and Seduction: Jewish Patrons, Architecture, and Design in Fin de Siècle Vienna

Elana Shapira

Explores the central role of Jewish patrons as shapers of Viennese modernism.

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Holocaust Literature: a History and Guide

David G. Roskies, Naomi Diamant

A comprehensive assessment of Holocaust literature, from World War II to the present day.

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Jewish Dimensions in Modern Visual Culture

Antisemitism, Assimilation, Affirmation

Rose-Carol Washton Long, Matthew Baigell, Milly Heyd

A fascinating look at key aspects of visual culture in modern Jewish history.

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Yehuda Amichai: The Making of Israel's National Poet

Nili Scharf Gold

"By uncovering the European roots of this central, widely read and much translated Israeli author, Gold opens the way for other similar studies of the European background of Israeli writing. Her book will be indispensable for all future studies of Amichai's poetry."
— Arnold Band, Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of California at Los Angeles

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Haim Be’er

“Haim Be’er resembles the adolescent hero of his novel in wanting to preserve in hard-won modern Israel some of the quirky obstinacy of earlier European-Jewish utopians.”
— Ruth R. Wisse, Harvard University

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Resplendent Synagogue: Architecture and Worship in an Eighteenth-Century Polish Community

Thomas C. Hubka

“Through the meticulous analysis of a single wooden synagogue, he opens before us the nearly undocumented pre-Hasidic popular culture of Eastern European Jews.”
— Michael Steinlauf, Gratz College

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small change

Small Change: A Collection of Stories

Yehudit Hendel

“The overall effect is almost like reading a diary — the glimpses of ordinary private lives… resonate with loss, disappointment and rich, raw emotion.”
— Publisher’s Weekly

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the pure element of time

The Pure Element of Time

Haim Be’er

“….The writing is subtle, skillful, humorous, and vivacious. Haim Be’er created in this novel a superb blend of horror, ridicule, compassion, self-irony, as well as a remarkable picture of Jerusalem in the early years of Israel’s statehood….”
— Amos Oz

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reading hebrew

Reading Hebrew Literature: Critical Discussions of Six Modern Texts

Alan Mintz, ed.

Six classic texts of modern Hebrew literature viewed from a variety of critical perspectives. 

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painting a people 

Painting a People: Maurycy Gottlieb and Jewish Art

Ezra Mendelsohn

“Deeply researched and thoroughly original, this remarkable study encourages new ways of thinking about Jewish artists and their place in the emergence of modern culture….”
— Richard I. Cohen, author of Jewish Icons: Art and Society in Modern Europe

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aharon appelfield

Aharon Appelfeld: From Individual Lament to Tribal Eternity

Yigal Schwartz

Schwartz organizes his book around three of Appelfeld’s major themes: the recovery of childhood and memory, the creation of place, and the religious stance of the Holocaust writer. He develops a new perspective not only on Appelfeld’s work, but on Holocaust literature itself.

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landscapes of jewish experience

Landscapes of Jewish Experience: Samuel Bak, Paintings

Lawrence L. Langer

Landscapes of Jewish Experience represents a unique combination of multi layered paintings by Samuel Bak and the rich, thoughtful essay and commentary of Lawrence L. Langer. 

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the boom in contemporary israeli fiction

The Boom in Contemporary Israeli Fiction

Alan Mintz, ed.

“The book fulfills an important need by calling attention to the new voices that have reshaped contemporary Israeli literature and culture.”
— Hana Wirth-Nesher

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