Toby Lichtig

Reviewing the Situation

Judas

By

Chatto & Windus 274pp £18.99 order from our bookshop

Novelists from conflict zones face a difficult choice: engage with the local situation at the risk of letting political specificity subsume literary possibility, or ignore it at the cost of seeming to deny the urgent truths around you. Israeli authors are perhaps more burdened than most. To be a fiction writer in Israel is almost always to have a political voice, and often to have a newspaper column too: writers in the country are trusted far more than politicians, and it is to the country’s great authors that the public (or at least the left-wing public) turns for comment on the latest atrocity.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • Here's reviewing Rachel Kushner's novel about a woman caught in the injustice of the US prison system,… ,
    • 'Hart sets out to unsettle, startle and disturb. In this strange, disconcerting, radical version of a strange, disc… ,
    • Here is @MannJessica's June crime fiction round-up, discussing books by Georges Simenon, Jack Grimwood,… ,
    • John Stubbs reviews Stephen Greenblatt's latest, 'Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power' ,
    • RT : What happened when US military strategist Herman Kahn - one of Kubrick’s three models for Dr Strangelove - took LSD… ,
    • 'Pollan has no doubt that the use of psychedelics could have a powerfully beneficial effect on a range of condition… ,
    • A memoir about an Untouchable family and the 'formation of modern India': 'Ants among Elephants' by @gidla_sujatha… ,