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Past Events

Stephan Mendel-Enk: Oh Sweden! Oh Israel!
Stephen Mendel-Enk , Jeremy Gavron
Sunday, 3 March 2013

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Around the time of Jacob's bar mitzvah, his mother leaves his father for another man, a Swedish goy. It's 1987, the first Intifada is about to break out in Israel, and the Jews of Gothenburg are under a certain amount of strain. Stephan Mendel-Enk came to Jewish Book Week to present his acclaimed first novel, a portrait by turns comic and tragic of a family going through divorce and the divided loyalties of Diaspora Jewish life.

“Mendel-Enk is brilliant in his humorous, devastating and loving depiction of Jewish life in the Diaspora... It shifts from being zany -– so that one laughs out loud –- to being truly serious and emotional” Bokaktuellt

"A brilliant, funny, touching and sad story with many compassionate portraits of people living their lives with their hearts somewhere else." Aftonbladet

Stephan Mendel-Enk was born in 1974 and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden. With a background in journalism, he has written for the esteemed soccer journal Offside, contributed to Sweden's largest daily, Dagens Nyheter, and worked for National Swedish Radio. In 2004, Mendel-Enk published the highly praised reportage With an Obvious Sense of Style, an examination of masculinity and violence. Oh Sweden! Oh Israel! is his much-anticipated fiction debut, published in the UK in March 2013.

Jeremy Gavron is the author of three novels: Moon, The Book of Israel, An Acre of Barren Ground.

Litkicks

Tablet Magazine celebrates Halban Publishers, "the best little publishing house in London", whose Motherland: Growing Up with the Holocaust by Rita Goldberg featured at this year's Jewish Book Week. Read more here and listen to the audio recording of the event here

 

News

The Jewish Book Week and Kings Place teams would love to hear your responses to this year's festival.

Video

 
Watch Ruby Wax talking to Kathy Lette on how the mind works and why mindfulness can boost mental health at JBW14