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Dara Horn

Dara Horn is a scholar of Hebrew and Yiddish literature and the author of five novels, most recently Eternal Life (W.W. Norton & Company, 2018).

Dara Horn

The Allure of Dead Jews: A Conversation with Dara Horn

Dara Horn

Prizewinning novelist Dara Horn has a new book of essays out, People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present. Horn joined JRB editor Abraham Socher for a conversation on October 14, and you can watch it now.

Do Jews Count?

Do Jews Count?

Dara Horn

I would never have said this ten years ago, or even five years ago, but there apparently comes a time in the lives of those who write about Jewish identity when they have to decide whether to write about . . . it.

Who Doesn’t Love Roald Dahl?

Who Doesn’t Love Roald Dahl?

Dara Horn

There’s nothing quite like the realization that what you thought was an empowering work of art is actually a 200-page exercise in trolling. It took me more than 30 years to figure out that I’d been trolled by Roald Dahl.

Romania!

Romania!

Dara Horn

“I Do Not Care if We Go Down in History as Barbarians” is a reenactment; the quotation marks are part of its title, suggesting just how meta this film becomes. It steps back one more level into the minds of the people doing the reenacting.

Yiddish Heroism, Hebrew Tears

Yiddish Heroism, Hebrew Tears

Dara Horn

For Avraham Sutzkever, life and work were not even slightly separate, since his was a life not merely shaped by poetry in a metaphorical sense but literally saved by it, when a poem of his produced an airplane.

Playing the Fool

Playing the Fool

Dara Horn

Of the many varieties of anti-Semitism, or anti-Judaism, that have plagued the Jews over the centuries, two recurrent general patterns can be identified by the holidays that celebrate triumphs over them: Purim and Hanukkah.

Pro-Creation

Dara Horn

Economist Bryan Caplan thinks parents “overcharge” themselves when it comes to investing in their children. Glückel of Hameln knew better.

Jacob Glatstein’s Prophecy

Dara Horn

Literary masterpieces that double as works of prophecy have been rare since the death of Isaiah. But the Yiddish poet Jacob Glatstein wrote two novellas that foreshadowed the future of Jewish Europe.