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Historical fiction: 'What if?' and 'faction'

Historical fiction: 'What if?' and 'faction'

They say truth is stranger than fiction, and maybe that’s why the genre of historical fiction has always been captivating. It’s time travel mixed with fantasy, allowing the reader to experience a time period or major event in a personal way.

Two books published this fall use the art of historical fiction to explore two major events of the 20th century. The Intermountain Jewish News reviews The Ambassador by Yehuda Avner and The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor, the first a counterfactual, asking what if the State of Israel had been established prior to the Holocaust? And the second examining the Rosenberg case from a fictional character’s perspective.

The complete reviews are available in the July 24 IJN print and digital edition only. Contact Carol to order your copy at carol@ijn.com or subscribe to our online e-Edition.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:24 )

 

Two new books, exploring achievement and reflection

Two new books, exploring achievement and reflectionIn our July 17 edition, the Intermountain Jewish News reviews two recent publications, The Debate Over Jewish Achievement by Steven Pease and The Seven Good Years, a memoir by Israeli writer Etgar Keret. On the first book, an investigation into human accomplishment, Chris Leppek writes: “In a nutshell, Pease hypothesizes that centuries of hard-earned mental discipline through Torah, Talmudic and rabbinical studies uniquely prepared the Jewish mind for demanding tasks in realms beyond religion...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:36 )

Kafka estate — via Brod — goes to Israel National Library

Kafka estate — via Brod — goes to Israel National Library  After decades of legal wrangling, on July 1 the Tel Aviv District Court awarded custody of the estate of Max Brod, Franz Kafka’s friend and publisher, to the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. The court’s decision ended a longstanding dispute between Eva and Ruti Hoffe — the daughters of Brod’s secretary Esther Hoffe, whom Brod had left in charge of his estate upon his death in 1968 — and Israel’s National Library, which was suing for possession of the documents.  ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:29 )

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Football (the American kind) slowly taking off in Israel

Football (the American kind) slowly taking off in IsraelJERUSALEM — The scent of hamburgers and beer wafted over the field. The fans were bathed in barbecue smoke. The bleachers were cut from Jerusalem stone, the field was made of artificial turf. The spectators who had come to greet a tour of Pro Football Hall of Famers sat in plastic armchairs that blocked off the red zones and end zones, with nothing separating them from the game played at midfield. The players — diminutive by National Football League standards — wore shorts and no padding...
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1913: Jews, Christians, Muslims coexisted

1913: Jews, Christians, Muslims coexistedA one-hour PBS special airing June 30 traces the relationship between Jews and Arabs in Palestine in the late Ottoman Empire. “1913: Seeds of Conflict,” starts out one year before WW I, which led to the end of Ottoman rule over Palestine and the subsequent British Mandate there. The film’s opening scene in Jerusalem presents an almost idyllic scene where Muslims, Christians and Jews shared libations in small cafes and beamed as their children danced together.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2015 14:33 )

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