Saul Bellow said, ‘I have tried to fit my soul into the Jewish-writer category, but it does not feel comfortably accommodated there.’
To many of us, Bellow and authors such as Philip Roth are quintessentially Jewish writers. But does the concept of a Jewish writer even exist? Four of our greatest living – and ‘Jewish’ – writers discuss the notion.
Adam Kirsch is a poet and critic who contributes regularly to the New Yorker, Tablet, and other publications. He is the author of ten books, including The People and the Books: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature and Why Trilling Matters.
Eva Hoffman grew up in Cracow, Poland, before emigrating in her teens to Canada and then the United States. She is currently a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies at UCL. She lives in London.
A.B. Yehoshua is the author of twelve novels, a collection of short stories, and several plays. One of Israel’s top novelists, he has won prizes worldwide. An outspoken critic of both Israeli and Palestinian politics, A.B. Yehoshua continues to speak and work for peace.
Howard Jacobson is a multi-award-winning writer of 13 novels and five works of non-fiction, as wellas a regular contributor to major newspapers and journals, including a regular column for The Independent. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question.
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