Modern Jewish Literature

Howard Jacobson, Adam Kirsch

02/03/2021 8:30 pm
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From mass emigration out of Eastern Europe to the creation of Israel, the last century transformed Jewish life. The same was true of Jewish writers: their novels, plays, poems and memoirs provided intimate access to new worlds of experience. In The Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth CenturyAdam Kirsch discusses the impact of writers from Kafka and Roth to Hannah Senesh and Tony Kushner with Booker winner Howard Jacobson, moderated by acclaimed writer Dara Horn, for a discussion of a century of writers and writing that changed the world.

In memory of Dr David Cohen CBE.

In Association with the Jewish Review of Books

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Howard Jacobson

Howard Jacobson is a multi-award-winning writer of 13 novels and five works of non-fiction, as well as a regular contributor to major newspapers and journals, including a regular column for The Independent. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question.

Adam Kirsch

Adam Kirsch is a poet and critic who contributes regularly to the New Yorker, Tablet, and other publications. He is the author of ten books, including The People and the Books: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature and Why Trilling Matters.

Dara Horn

Dara Horn is a two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction and one of Granta’s Best American Novelists. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.