|Message||As the son of a Muslim who was aware of the intolerance to immigrants that unfortunately still exists in this post Brexit society, and was empathetic to peoples of all origins, I have always been an admirer of Mr Litvinoff. I first encountered his |
work in the Penguin Book of Jewish Short Stories to which he both contributed and edited. I will always be grateful to Mr Litvinoff for opening my eyes to a wealth of Jewish literature which I was only partially aware of.
|Message||I have listened to ”A room in Berlin” as the novel is called in Swedish. I found it on the Sveriges Radios (SR Swedish Radio) app in my tablet. What a fascinating book! It catched my heart!|
Private Message added 03-08-13
|Message||A great man. The world is poorer without him.|
|Message||I hardly think that it is the poevryurs of multiculturalism who are guilty of airbrishing history. Indeed, a central objection to multiculturalists is that they bang on about the evils of colonialism ad nauseum. Either way, choosing not to sell or buy a book, or choosing to remove a book from your own shelf, is not the same as a government censoring/banning/changing a book.|
|Message||I read the Faces of Terror trilogy last year, enjoying the first book, but the second, Blood in the Snow, and the last one were even better. Mr Selbourne's message re publishers is far too pessimistic however. The trilogy could well be republished as twentieth century classics, and I see no reason why they should not be. I am sure there would be a significant readership for these books. Penguin, the original publisher should consider this and if not there are publishers who would realise there is a market for these books and a renewed interest in the period he covered. Its a matter of perseverance. Consider the success of Life and Fate, and the thrillers by Alan Furst, some of which tackle the Stalin era in far less depth. The trilogy would also be ideal as a Radio 4 Sunday afternoon serial.|
|Message||I read the obituary of Emanuel in The Guardian last year and I am planning to read his autobiographical book " Journey through a small planet." I am looking forward to reading this book.|
He seemed a very interesting man and I hope to be able to recommend his books to my family and friends.
Private Message added 27-11-11
|Message||Unjustly disregarded, Litvinoff was one of postwar Britain's few writers of distinction, and unequalled in his exploration of the dilemmas and difficulties of being Jewish. But today's publishing 'industry'can hardly be expected to restore him to the attention he merits; 'the market' would not permit it, and we are all the poorer for it.|
Private Message added 30-10-11