Cynthia Ozick

Ozick's version of Jewish literature is more than Yiddish words and slapstick.

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Ozick is, as her character Edelshtein would have known, of the generation of writers that produced Roth, Bellow, and the like. And yet, being a woman, a relatively late bloomer, and still prolific into her eighties, she has always felt like a writer apart, tied less to her contemporaries than her favored predecessors and influences, Kafka and James among them. Ozick has set out what she hoped to accomplish all along—-to become a timeless writer, one more attuned to the great writers of the past than the waves and trends of the present. 

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Saul Austerlitz

Saul Austerlitz is a writer and film critic in New York.