Rachel Lasserson

Rachel Lasserson founded the Anglo-Brazilian Shakespeare Forum, directed plays and taught physical theatre in England and Brazil. From 2007 to 2013 she was editor of The Jewish Quarterly.
In Praise of Diasporas

The history of Jewish novelists has been a history of emigration: of exile and translation. From Kafka to Italo Svevo, from Isaac Bashevis Singer to Saul Bellow, Jewish novelists have often been marked by a cultural and linguistic cosmopolitanism. But what is the value of displacement? of memory? The director of Complicite who adapted Bruno Schulz’s Street of Crocodiles to the stage discussed these themes with Adam Thirlwell.

Lives Remembered

Miriam Frank had to adjust to new countries and new languages before becoming a successful anaesthetist and respected translator. Prolific writer Rosemary Friedman gives us an insight into the world of books, theatre and television. Together they discussed what is remembered, revealed or kept silent in autobiographies.

K A Novel of Brazil’s “Disappeared”
In K a father looks for his disappeared daughter during the military dictatorship in Brazil. K, a famous Yiddish writer, discovers how the repressive system works and how little he knew of his daughter’s clandestine political life. He blames himself for devoting more time and energy to literature than to his daughter. Based on a true story, the book was written in just two months as an act of catharsis for Brazilian journalist and political scientist Bernardo Kucinski, who in true li...
The Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize 2014
Enjoy a glass of wine and listen to a lively discussion about the difficulties – and joys – of judging a completely disparate group of fiction and non-fiction books submitted for the prestigious £4,000 JQ Wingate Prize. Past recipients include Amos Oz, WG Sebald, Howard Jacobson, Zadie Smith and Shalom Auslander. The 2014 winner will be announced at the end of the event. Shortlisted books: Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman (Pushkin Press) Landscapes of the Metropoli...
Cherchez la femme
Lisa Appignanesi, Stephen Frosh, Eva Hoffman and John Launer discuss how sex became a scandal, not only in the so-called “dangerous method”, psychoanalysis, but also beyond the consulting room. Early 20th century Europe was a cauldron of fertile ideas, Victorian repression, antisemitism and illicit liaisons. John Launer’s Sex versus Survival: the Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein recounts how sex and Jewishnes...