Reviews

Review

How to be Both: Officials and Artists Vying for the Limelight

May­hill Fowler’s book shines light on the blind spots of nation­al cul­tur­al his­to­ries of turn of the cen­tu­ry Ukraine, fol­low­ing the often uneasy inter­face between author­i­ties and art institutions.

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Judgment

In time for the one hun­dredth anniver­sary of the Octo­ber rev­o­lu­tion, Dovid Bergel­son’s nov­el Mides-hadin is out in a new trans­la­tion by Har­ri­et Murav and Sasha Senderovich. 

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“The Worst Good Idea Ever”? The Birobidzhan Project and Soviet Jewish Culture

Masha Gessen’s new book explores the his­to­ry of the Jew­ish Autonomous Region of Biro­bidzhan through the sto­ry of David Bergel­son and Simon Dub­now, whose thought and writ­ing influ­enced its development.

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“To what might the yard have been compared?”

Ach, the things a poor tai­lor has lived to see! We live in times when the coats go around mak­ing them­selves.” A review of a recent trans­la­tion of Kul­bak’s Zel­menyan­er.

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