The People of the Book inthe World of Books isaRussian bimonthly publication for serious readers with Jewish interests. Our English website includes only thesummaries of thepublished articles. Toaccess the complete text of them, please visit the Russian version of this website.


April 2005

This issue of the magazine includes:

• Interview: Alexander Melikhov

In 2004 the St. Petersburg writer Alexander Melikhov was awarded the Gogol Prize for prose. The same year his most famous novel The Confession of a Jew was republished for the third time. These two events became the starting-point for the interview he gave for the magazine “The People of the Book in the World of Books.”

Looking Through Russian Literary Magazines: Novels and Articles of Jewish Interest

Publishers and Publishing Projects: The Institute for Jewish Social and Community Workers of Siberia and the Far East (Krasnoiarsk)

The Institute for Jewish Social and Community Workers of Siberia and the Far East was founded in 1999 as a part of the Krasnoiarsk regional branch of the AJJDC. The major aim of the organization is to train professional staff and volunteers for the Jewish organizations of the region. At the same time, the Institute started from the very beginning to develop research activities as well—with the primary focus on the history of Jewish communities of Siberia and the Russian Far East. The article about the Institute's activities is followed by the complete bibliography of its publications.

Synopses: Etgar Keret's Books in Russian

The first book by young Israeli prose writer Etgar Keret in Russian translation was published in Moscow in 2000 and was well received by the Russian literary critics. In 2004, two new books issued in Moscow and Kiev followed it. According to the magazine's reviewer, “the absurdity of contemporary Israeli life” is well reflected in Keret's works, which draw the reader into “the great and wonderful subculture of losers.”

Jewish Calendar of Significant Dates: May–June 2005

Bibliography: 65 New Books