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The Familiarity of Strangers

Francesca Trivellato, The Familiarity of Strangers: The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno, and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Period, Yale University Press, 2009 Taking a new approach to the study of…

Jewish Life in Renaissance Italy

Roberto Bonfil,  Jewish Life in Renaissance Italy, University of California Press, 1994 With this heady exploration of time and space, rumors and silence, colors, tastes, and ideas, Robert Bonfil recreates the…

Outside the Party Lines

An intellectual biography of the antifascist Carlo Rosselli by Alexander Stille (The New York Times) Carlo Rosselli — one of the most courageous and interesting figures of Italian antifascism —…

Acquiescence and Dissent

Acquiescence and Dissent: The Response of Intellectuals to the Fascist Racial Laws in Italy and Abroad When, in 1938, the Fascist government passed the anti-Semitic Racial Laws and the Jews…

History as Memory

History as Memory: Conversation with Sergio Parussa by Alessandro Cassin Writing as Freedom, Writing as Testimony, Syracuse University Press, 2008, by Sergio Parussa is a highly personal study of four…

Boualem Sansal Pays Tribute to Primo Levi

In a Complex New Book, Algerian Novelist Boualem Sansal Pays Tribute to Primo Levi.   Alessandro Cassin The German Mujahid, Europa Editions, 2009, by the Algerian writer Boualem Sansal is…