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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? Three of our greatest living – and ‘Jewish’ – writers discuss the notion.
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.
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.
David Herman is a former TV producer and has been a freelance writer for the past 15 years, writing for the New Statesman, Prospect, The Guardian and The Independent. He is chief fiction reviewer of The Jewish Chronicle.
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