Naomi Lightman

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2008

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Roth’s short novel, Everyman, explores sex, relationships, remorse and dying. The protagonist, an "everyman" figure (reminiscent of the medieval drama), is profoundly aware of the fate that awaits us all.

Naomi Lightman teaches literature at Birkbeck College, the Open University and the City Literary Institute, London.

Monday, 25 February 2008

Momik, an only child whose parents survived the Holocaust, grows up in the shadow of their history, determined to understand the nature of the Nazi "beast".

George Steiner described its child's-eye grappling with the taboo of the Holocaust as "one of the great feats in modern fiction".

Naomi Lightman teaches literature at Birkbeck College, the Open University and the City Literary Institute, London.

2006

Sunday, 5 March 2006

Fatelessness, the title of Imre Kertesz’s novel, refers to what he calls “the dreary trap of linearity”. Having to accept one event after the other, powerlessly, is what befalls Georgy, a fourteen year old boy confronted with his Jewishness, the camps and their aftermath.

 
Sunday, 26 February 2006

Published in 1892, Israel Zangwill's Children of the Ghetto became the first Anglo-Jewish bestseller. It documents, with affectionate honesty and wryness of humour, the lives of immigrant Jews.

Naomi Lightman teaches literature at Birkbeck College, the Open University and the City Literary Institute, London.

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