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David Cooper, poet, literary translator, and book critic.
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Also see my New York Journal of Books review: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/captivity

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What happens when a down on his luck luddite novelist is hired to ghostwrite a memoir by a math whiz tech mogul who shares his (and the author of this novel’s) name? ...At close to 600 pages of dense prose Book of Numbers is not light reading. I close my NYJB review by recommending it to “readers as ambitious as it is.” Also see my NYJB review: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/book-numbers. A challenging but fun and rewarding read!

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"... likewise 86 year old Czech-French novelist Milan Kundera’s new work of fiction, The Festival of Insignificance, which was published last week by New York based publisher Harper in Linda Asher’s fine English translation from the Kundera’s French, is a 128 pp. novella that revisits its author’s recurring themes but in a shorter format." Also see my New York Journal of Books review: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/festival

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In my New York Journal of Books review I praise Perec’s first novel as “a fully realized and mature work of fiction.” For a fuller discussion of Portrait of a Man Known as Il Condottiere read my NYJB review: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/portrait-man

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Five Selves, a book of five short stories and the first fiction book by Israeli humanities scholar +Emanuela Rubinstein published last month by British publisher Holland House Books, explores the psyches of five characters, three of whom are nameless and female, while the two with names are male.

“recommended to readers who enjoy interior prose and psychological literary fiction.” - from my New York Journal of Books review: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/five-selves

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Yesterday the Jewish Book Council announced the finalists for the 2015 Sami Rohr Prize, a $100,000 award for an emerging writer who has "written a book of literary merit that stimulates an interest in themes of Jewish concern." Fiction books are awarded in odd numbered years and non-fiction in even numbered years.

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I enjoyed and enthusiastically recommend The Calligrapher’s Secret to readers who want to immerse themselves in a foreign culture: http://www.examiner.com/article/syrian-expat-fiction-rafik-schami-s-prescient-novel-the-calligrapher-s-secret
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