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Benjamin Balint

Benjamin Balint, a writer and translator living in Jerusalem, is the author of Kafka’s Last Trial (forthcoming from W. W. Norton).

The Many Dybbuks of Romain Gary

The Many Dybbuks of Romain Gary

Benjamin Balint

Romain Gary—a Lithuanian Jew who regarded himself a Frenchman par excellence—emerges in a recent memoir as a master of self-invention and (just as immoderate) verbal invention, a chameleon of pseudonyms, a man of irreconcilable contradictions, divided against himself.