Melnitz: a Sweeping Swiss Family Saga
Chair: Josh Glancy
Charles Lewinsky’s portrait of Swiss Jewish life in his ambitious and panoramic novel Melnitz bears an astonishing resemblance to British provincial Jewish life in all its glory, saturated with familiar Yiddish idioms. Sharing Arnold Bennett’s sharp humour and acuity, Melnitz reads like a Swiss Five Towns. Charles Lewinsky will be discussing his engrossing novel with journalist Josh Glancy.
Charles Lewinsky is a Swiss screen writer, theatre director, lyricist and novelist. He is the recipient of the Schiller Prize Zürcher Kantonalbank for his novel St. John's Day and was nominated for the 2011 Swiss Book Prize for Gerron.
Josh Glancy is a staff writer at The Sunday Times. He is also the paper's deputy news editor (online). He contributes regular columns to The Jewish Chronicle, and reviews books for The Literary Review.