David Herman was a TV producer for twenty years, working with Jeremy Isaacs and Melvyn Bragg among others, and has been a freelance writer for the past fifteen years writing 700 articles for a number of leading magazines and newspapers including The New Statesman, Prospect, The Guardian and The Independent. He is chief fiction reviewer of The Jewish Chronicle.
Translating an Epic: Vasily Grossman’s Stalingrad
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Russian author Vasily Grossman spent four years reporting from the Eastern Front during WWII, where he claimed to read only one book, twice: Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Grossman produced two novels – Stalingrad, and its sequel, Life and Fate – based on his experience of the pitiless Nazi sieg...
Who Wants to be a Jewish Writer?
Poet, leading literary critic and Columbia University teacher Adam Kirsch is one of our foremost experts on Jewish thought and history. His stunning new collection brings together his essays on poetry, religion, and the intersections between them, as he explores the definition of Jewish literature and the relationship between poetry and politics, asking questions such as how did Stefan Zweig and Isaac Deutscher, who coined the phrase “the non-Jewish Jew” deal with politics? Why ha...
Al Alvarez, Elaine Feinstein and Clive Sinclair: A Tribute
In the past two years we have lost three of the greatest Anglo-Jewish writers of their generation: the poet Elaine Feinstein (1930-2019), the novelist and short story writer Clive Sinclair (1940-2018) and the writer and critic Al Alvarez (1929-2019). They introduced a new voice to Jewish writing in post-war Britain. A panel including the translator and literary editor Natasha Lehrer, and the critics Professor Bryan Cheyette and David Herman (chair) pay tribute to these three remarkable writer...
Translating an Epic Vasily Grossmans Stalingrad
Due to popular demand, author Robert Chandler and interviewer David Herman are repeating their sold-out event at Jewish Book Week 2020.
Russian author Vasily Grossman spent four years reporting from the Eastern Front during WWII, where he claimed to read only one book, twice: Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Grossman produced two novels – Stalingrad, and its sequel, Life and Fate – based on his experience of the pitiless Nazi siege of the city. Li...
Lev Ozerov: Portraits without Frames
Robert Chandler, in conversation with David Herman, discuss his recently published translation of Lev Ozerov’ s stupendous Portraits without Frames, one of the most remarkable books of Russian poetry to have been published since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Saul Bellow: A Legacy
Zachary Leader presents the second volume of The Life of Saul Bellow. Arguably the greatest of American writers, Bellow’s enduring appeal perhaps lies in his ‘gift for reading reality’. Leader’s exhilarating biography focuses not only on the unsurpassable writing, but on the tangled and numerous love affairs, the five wives, the girlfriends, the friends, the enemies and the ‘lunatics’ who stalked him.
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