Gabriel Josipovici

Gabriel Josipovici was born in Nice in 1940 to Jewish parents of Italo-Russian, Romano-Levantine extraction. He lived in Egypt from 1945 to 1956, when he came to England. He read English at a St. Edmund Hall, Oxford and from 1963 to 1998 was first a lecturer, then a Professor in the School of European Studies at the University of Sussex. He is the author of some twenty novels, ten books of criticism, a memoir of his mother, the poet Sacha Rabinovitch, and numerous stage and radio plays. His reviews have appeared in the Guardian, The Independent, The Times Literary Supplement, the New York and the London Review of Books. Image cr. Tereza Stehlikova
Gabriel Josipovici in conversation with Bryan Cheyette

Gabriel Josipovici has been publishing fiction and criticism for close to forty years. Last year saw the publication of a substantial volume of essays, The Singer on the Shore and of a work of fiction, Everything Passes. He spoke to Bryan Cheyette about his life, work and his two most recent books at the time.

In Conversation with the Bible

To mark the publication of his latest book of reflections on the Bible, A Rabbi Reads the Torah, and Welcome to the Cavalcade, a Festschrift in honour of his 70th birthday, Jonathan Magonet will discuss with novelist and critic Gabriel Josipovici their shared fascination with the text of the Hebrew Bible, with the craft of interpretation and the art of “writing with Scripture”.

What Does it Mean to be a Jewish Writer?

Saul Bellow said, ‘I have tried to fit my soul into the Jewish-writer category, but it does not feel comfortably accommodated there.’ To many of us, Bellow and authors such as Philip Roth are quintessentially Jewish writers. But does the concept of a Jewish writer even exist? Three of our greatest living – and ‘Jewish’ – writers discuss the notion.

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How We Remember
The Holocaust has become a defining ingredient in the Jewish collective memory. The Torah commands us ‘to remember’, because in memory exists conscience. But 75 years since the liberation of the camps, how we remember the attempt to wipe the Jewish people from the face of the earth has become deeply politicised both in the Jewish and non-Jewish world. This panel will examine the purpose of Holocaust memorialisation in all its complexities. In Association with the Jewish Mus...
Bible Stories from Within
Please note that this event has moved from a previously advertised date and time. They are often most familiar as the simplified versions we learn as children; yet Bible stories are the products of a highly developed literary culture. Rabbi Jonathan Magonet, Emeritus Professor of Bible at Leo Baeck College and author of How Did Moses Know He Was A Hebrew, is joined by author and academic Gabriel Josipovici and Rabbi Zahavit Shalev of New North London S...