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Leora Skolkin-Smith on Dovid Bergelson's Shadows of Berlin:


For me, these are the elements of Bergelson’s brilliance: waves of meaning subtly gripping us with a lack of melodrama or artifice; a softness, conversational easy-goingness in the voice; the use of realism as a means of telling, but achieving a supra-realism through allusions to the Torah and hence a subterranean foundation from the scriptures. Though written in naturalistic prose, the work is, nonetheless, spiritually magical and transformative.


(For all of Leora's review of Shadows of Berlin)

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