Maria G. Rewakowicz, author of "Literature, Exile, Alterity", interviewed in New Books Network

Maria G. Rewakowicz, author of Literature, Exile, Alterity:  The New York Group of Ukrainian Poets, was interviewed by Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed in New Books Network.  Listen to the podcast and read an excerpt of the review below.

Maria G. Rewakowicz explores a unique collaboration of the poets residing in the United States and writing poetry in the Ukrainian language. This research offers a systematized and chronologically organized vision of the group ... In addition to the theoretical framework for the discussion of the New York Group phenomenon, Literature, Exile, Alterity also offers an exquisite analysis of the poetry. Rewakowicz illuminates the multilayeredness the poets embrace and presents the groups diverse poetic experimentations as the engagement with altered selves. ... Literature, Exile, Alterity contributes to the discussion of modern Ukrainian literature from the perspective of intercultural and interliterary connections and influences. Rewakowicz also engages in the conversation regarding diverse intricacies of literary developments.
— Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed, New Books Network, 23 February 2017

To read the full review and see the original link to the podcast, visit New Books Network.

"The Middle Way" reviewed in Tradition

The Middle Way was reviewed by Moshe Y. Miller in Tradition.

Having broadened the scope considerably, Chamiel provides interested readers with an indispensable study of what he calls “The Middle Way,” that is, the approach among Jewish thinkers which championed the Golden Mean and avoided the extremes of both religious skeptic and uber fundamentalists ... Chamiel posits that it is not clear what value the Land of Israel will hold at the end of days, if the prerequisite for returning there is the dramatic transformation of all mankind and the removal of all evil tendencies from human society ... Chamiel’s two-volume study is an indispensable contribution to our understanding of the emergence of varieties of traditionalist responses to modernity. His interpretation of R. Chajes is the most compelling and at least some readers may emerge with a greater appreciation for, and interest in the writings of, this great Galician Torah sage.
— Moshe Y. Miller, Tradition (49:3, 2016)
Times of Israel Reviews "Under the Shadow of the Rising Sun"

Under the Shadow of the Rising Sun: Japan and the Jews During the Holocaust Period by Meron Medzini has been reviewed in The Times of Israel.

Japan’s attitude to and policies toward Jews from 1933 to 1945 — the years that coincided with the rise and fall of Nazi Germany — is the subject of Meron Medzini’s fine and fascinating work of scholarship, Under the Shadow of the Rising Sun: Japan and the Jews During the Holocaust Period ... Medzini, a Hebrew University historian, is one of the few scholars who has exhaustively delved into this intriguing topic ... Medzini’s wide-ranging book fills the gap quite admirably. He deals with the influx of Jews into Japan from the mid-19th century, the image of Jews in Japanese society, the export of antisemitism to Japan, the treatment meted out to Jews in Japanese-occupied Manchuria, China and Southeast Asia and the policies Japan formulated with respect to Jewish refugees.
— Sheldon Kirshner, Times of Israel (4 March 2017)

To read the full review, visit The Times of Israel.

Book Review: Shadows of Survival: A Child's Memoir of the Warsaw Ghetto

Shadows of Survival: A Child’s Memoir of the Warsaw Ghetto was reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement.

A fine honest memoir...devastation is lodged in the accumulated detail, one of the reasons publications such as this are so important.
— Natasha Lehrer, Times Literary Supplement, February 23 2017

Read the full review at the Times Literary Supplement's website.

Book Review: Shadows of Survival: A Child’s Memoir of the Warsaw Ghetto

Shadows of Survival: A Child’s Memoir of the Warsaw Ghetto was reviewed in January's issue of The Jewish Chronicle.

Kristine Keese survived childhood in the Warsaw Ghetto but when she arrived in New York in 1946 at the age of 12, her new classmates did not believe what she had suffered. Seventy years later, with astounding detail and clarity, she tells her story in Shadows of Survival, a Child’s Memoir of the Warsaw Ghetto ... Some of her experiences are those of any child — being so engrossed in her library books that she allows the dinner to burn, for instance. Others are drastically
different — such as walking home from a bread-buying expedition and having the loaf, still in her mother’s hand, bitten by a starving child.
— The Jewish Chronicle, 13 Jan 2017
Book Review: The Russian Avant-Garde and Radical Modernism: an Introductory Reader

The Russian Avant-Garde and Radical Modernism: an Introductory Reader, edited by Dennis. G. Ioffe and Frederich H. White, has been reviewed in International Journal of Russian Studies. To read the full review, visit their website.

This introductory book provides comprehensive analysis of the radical artistic movement Russian Avant-Garde and Radical Modernism, included [sic] well written biographical articles, critical analyses and collected samples of the Russian Avant-Garde and Modernism. It is a remarkable resource for not only researchers but also students who study Russian literature and culture, particularly the movement Russian Avant-Garde and Modernism.
— Ayse Dietrich, Middle East Technical University, International Journal of Russian Studies Issue no. 6, Jan 2017
Marianna Tax Choldin interviewed in World Libraries

Marianna Tax Choldin, author of Garden of Broken Statues: Exploring Censorship in Russia, has been interviewed and reviewed in the first issue of the open access journal World Libraries' relaunch. Read the full interview at World Libraries' open access platform here.

Garden of Broken Statues: Exploring Censorship in Russia covers a lot of territory: geographically, from Hyde Park to Moscow to East Bangladesh; ideologically, from Soviet “omni-censorship” to the less systemic challenges to free speech we find in the States; and, above all, interpersonally, as Choldin pays tribute to the people who have shaped her life ... it’s such a wide-ranging book, it might be recommended not only to those interested in Russia or censorship, but also just about all readers of this journal: namely, librarians and information professionals curious about the personal and professional lives of those who have committed the better part of their lives to the cause of international understanding.
— Scott Schoger, World Libraries Vol 22. No. 1 (2016)
Review: First Words: on Dostoevsky's Introductions

First Words: on Dostoevsky's Introductions by Lewis Bagby has been reviewed in The Russian Review.

In an arresting passage early in First Words, Lewis bagby compares literary introductions, prefaces, prologues, and forewords to monsters in an illuminated medieval manuscript ... After an engaging and helpful discussion of the subgenre’s historical contexts in nineteenth-century Russian and European literature, Bagby traces Dostoevsky’s literary evolution by way of a painstaking taxonomy of his prefaces—a microbiography of sorts.
— Val Vinokur, The New School, The Russian Review (Vol. 76, No. 1)
Meron Medzini, author of "Under the Shadow of the Rising Sun", interviewed in Forward
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Dr. Meron Medzini, author of Under the Shadow of the Rising Sun: Japan and the Jews during the Holocaust Era, has been interviewed by Benjamin Ivry of Forward. To read the full interview and learn more about Medzini's volume, visit

You have to bear in mind that most Japanese had never seen a Jew in their lives. There were maybe a thousand Jews in Japan in the 1930s, so most could not tell them from other foreigners. My motive in writing this book was to tell [readers] that the Holocaust was not only in Europe, but in North Africa to a limited extent, and also in Asia.
— Meron Medzini, Forward 10 Jan 2017
Review: The Art of Identity and Memory: Toward a Cultural History of the Two World Wars in Lithuania & "Lithuanian Studies without Borders"

The Art of Identity and Memory: Toward a Cultural History of the Two World Wars in Lithuania edited by Giedrė Jankevičiūtė & Rasutė Žukienė, and the "Lithuanian Studies Without Borders" series have been reviewed in 15min.

We are glad that Lithuanian scholars, who have been reproached for lacking international reach time and again, have gained yet another solid platform for sharing their research with the world. We can only hope that the promising beginning to this series will turn it into a successful long-term project, which not only opens the door to the poorly known world of Lithuanian studies but also encourages researchers in Lithuania to advance their work. It seems that advancement will certainly be necessary for further publications, as the bar has been set quite high with this book.
— Arūnas Streikus (Vilnius University) in Knygų aidai, 2016 no. 4