Friday, March 5, 2010

Jewish Literature Challenge

Hosted by Callista.

February 27, 2010 to September 10, 2010

Read 5 books or more of Jewish literature.

Books completed:

1.Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel****
2.Rashi by Elie Wiesel*****
3.Day For Night by Frederick Reiken****+
4.Atmospheric Disturbance by Rivka Galchen****
5.The Sonderberg Case by Elie Wiesel****+  

On my shelves tbr:

Tightrope by Michael Karpin
The Believers by Zoe Heller
Strand of a Thousand Pearls by Dorit Rabinyan
Look For Me by Edeet Ravel
Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth by Edeet Ravel
Scheisshaus Luck by Peierre Berger (non-fiction)
The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman (non-fiction)
Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
Return From Darkeness by Nina Vida
A Scrap of Time by Ida Fink
Snow in August by Pete Hamill
Soumchi by Amos Oz
Giving up America By Pearl Abraham
The Seventh Beggar by Pearl Abraham
Kaddish for a Child Not Born by Imre Kertesz (Nobel author)
A Blessing on the Moon by Joseph Skibell
Fima by Amos Oz
The Ghost of Hannah Mendes by Naomi Ragen
The Final Opus of Leon Solomon by Jerome Badanes
American Jewish Fiction Guide by Josh Lambert

Starred reviews of those previously read; highlighted titles are linked to fuller reviews.

The Jewel Trader of Pegu***** by Jeffrey Hantover
The Septembers of Shiraz**** by Dalia Sofer (US)
My Father's Paradise***** by Ariel Sabar (US)
Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes****+ by Tamar Yellin
A Mad Desire to Dance**** by Elie Wiesel 
The Clothes on Their Backs**** by Linda Grant (UK) (Booker Prize shortlist 2008)
Dictation: A Quartet**** by Cynthia Ozick (US) (short stories)
The Entropy of Aaron Rosclatt*** by James Sandham
The Angel of History**** by Bruno Arpaia (Italy)
Who By Fire by Diana Spechler**** (US)

A Thousand Lovers by Edeet Ravel***** (Canada)
What Happened to Anna K.***+ by Irina Reyn (US)
The History of Love***** by Nicole Krauss (US)
The Attack***** by Yasmina Khadra (Algeria)
Let it Be Morning**** by Sayed Kashua (Israel)
The God-Fearer**** by Dan Jacobson (South Africa/UK)
Disobedience***** by Naomi Alderman (UK) Orange Prize New Writers Award:
People of the Book***** by Geraldine Brooks (Australia)
A Pigeon and a Boy***** by Meir Shalev (Israel)
Bearing the Body**** by Ehud Havazelet (Israel) NYTimes Notable book 2007
Memory***** by Philippe Grimbert (France) Prix Goncourt and the Prix Wizo:
The Revisionist**** by Helen Schulman (Australia)
The Dawning of the Day***** by Haim Sabato (Israel)
The Yiddish Policeman's Union**** by Michael Chabon (US):
The Rabbi's Cat***** by Joann Sfor (France) graphic novel
The Book Thief***** by Markus Zusak (Australia)
The Diary of Anne Frank***** Netherlands) (non-fiction)
The Painted Bird***** by Jerzy Kosinski (US)
The Last of the Just***** by Andre Schwarz-Bart (France)
The Deadwood Beetle**** by Mylene Dresser (US)
The Sunflower***** by Simon Wiesenthal (non-fiction)
Seize the Day***** by Saul Bellow (US)
anything by Elie Wiesel (France)
anything by Primo Levi (Italy)
anything by Amos Oz (Israel)
anything by Meir Shalev (Israel)
anything by Aharon Appelfeld (Israel)
anything by Cynthia Ozick (US)
anything by Aryeh Lev Stollmann (Canada)
murder mysteries set in Israel by Batya Gur (Israel)
Murder on a Kibbutz****
Literary Murder****
Murder in Jursalem
Saturday Morning Murder: A Psychoanalytical Case
Bethlehem Road Murder
Musical Murder

Which have you read? what can you recommend that fits the challenge? I am happy to answer questions or briefly review anything I've read, just ask. Feel free to comment on any books listed here or leave a link to any reviewed. I'd love to read them.



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