Historic Mysteries in ‘Strangers in Budapest’
By Stewart Kampel for Hadassah Magazine
Strangers in Budapest: A Novel By Jessica Keener
The year is 1995 and Hungarians are still adjusting to victory after the bitter revolt that freed them from Soviet dominance and the shackles of communism. Eager would-be capitalists are flocking to Budapest, the legendary city.
Daniel Silva and the Art of the Beach Read
By Alexander Aciman for Tablet Magazine
Bookworm: The new bestselling spy thriller, ‘The Other Woman,’ excels at this one thing
Among the spy and detective fiction writers of today there is no distinction more dubious than “transcending the genre.” What does it mean for a work to transcend the genre? To have outgrown its form? To be better than it should be? It is with this backhanded honorific that the spy and detective genre is robbed of its greatest works, which can only be so excellent before they are inevitably claimed by the august of great literature. And this obscures just how much fun these books can be.
7 FEMALE ISRAELI WRITERS YOU SHOULD BE READING
By Emily Burack for HeyAlma
If you never learned Hebrew beyond what you had to know for your bat mitzvah and the word of the day on Birthright (Sababa!), but you still want to read Israeli literature (because, obviously), this list is for you. You won’t find Israeli literary giants Amos Oz, Meir Shalev, David Grossman or A.B. Yehoshua below—plenty of recommendations tend to showcase these famous male voices. We are pivoting the spotlight to some insanely talented Israeli women:
Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered: One Woman’s Year in the Heart of the Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish Quarters of Old Jerusalem
Review by Gila Wertheimer for Jewish Book Council
Sarah Tuttle-Singer’s memoir about her year living in Jerusalem’s Old City is many things: maddening, moving, insightful, defiant, hopeful, lyrical—sometimes all at once. In some ways a lament for the rending of a once-whole city, this book recounts her admirable determination to know Jerusalem beyond its usual boundaries.
The Biblical Inspirations for My Fantasy Series
Jewish Book Council
Noah Beit-Aharon is the nice Jewish boy behind the Godserfs epic fantasy series, published under the penname N. S. Dolkert. With the release of Among the Fallen, the second volume in the series, Noah is guest blogging for the Jewish Book Council all week as part of the Visiting Scribe series here on The ProsenPeople.
The setting of my fantasy series Godserfs is heavily influenced by my reading of the Tanakh, and the world evoked by the many conflicting stories and traditions within that text. While the first two books, Silent Hall and Among the Fallen, are rife with allusions and reimaginings, I want to take the opportunity to discuss three passages in the Hebrew Bible that directly influenced my writing.