In 1960, the novelist Vasily Grossman wrote to then-premier Nikita Khrushchev with an unusual intention. He wished, he wrote, to “candidly share my thoughts” with the most powerful man in a country that often murdered bearers of candor.
How does one survive psychologically under the control of chaotic evil? Take Evgenia Ginszburg, for example . . .
From overly familiar ingredients, Joanna Hershon has concocted something that is both satisfying and unexpected.
Not writing what you know can help an author steer away from autobiographical shoals, but it puts a certain research burden on the writer.
Rutu Modan’s graphic novel The Property explores the uneasy coexistence of love and death.
What if Anne Frank’s sister had survived Bergen-Belsen? Interesting, but . . .
As the tapestry of Hillel Halkin's first novel unfurls, we see how perfectly each part fits into the larger pattern.
Ludmila Ulitskaya's fictionalized version of the Brother Daniel case asks us all to turn the other cheek.