Habitus: A Diaspora Journal

Habitus: A Diaspora Journal A journal of global Jewish culture—a Jewish magazine about the world. Online @habitusmag.com

Leonard Lopate features Benjamin Stein and his translator, Brian Zumhagen, on The Canvas, a wonderful novel that appeare...
03/15/2013
The Leonard Lopate Show - Benjamin Stein's Novel, The Canvas

Leonard Lopate features Benjamin Stein and his translator, Brian Zumhagen, on The Canvas, a wonderful novel that appeared as an excerpt in our Berlin issue (http://habitusmag.com/issues/berlin/). Congrats to them and Open Letter Books!

Benjamin Stein and Brian Zumhagen discuss The Canvas, written by Stein and translated by Zumhagen. Loosely based on the true story of Binjamin Wilkomirski, whose fabricated 1995 Holocaust memoir transfixed the reading public, The Canvas has two inter-related narratives that each begin at either end…

01/11/2013
Timothy Snyder2013.01.09 16.49

If you missed it last Wednesday, here is prof. Timothy Snyder (Yale) discussing Witold Pilecki and THE AUSCHWITZ VOLUNTEER with Emmy-winning host and bestselling author of QUIET HERO Rita Cosby on WOR710 Radio:

10/25/2012
Columbia University Bookstore

Tonight at the Columbia University Bookstore: an evening with Benjamin Stein and Brian Zumhagen. A great event for those interested in German and Jewish literature, translation, and innovate approaches to the novel.

Come Join us this Thursday at 6pm for a reading of Canvas by Benjamin Stein, translated by Brian Zumhagen. Both will be here to discuss this unconventional novel that explores the stories of two different yet connected individuals through the collision of past and present.

09/28/2012
Identity and Memory | Video of the day

Take a look at this video, featuring our Berlin contributor, Benjamin Stein. His novel, The Canvas, is now available from Open Letter Books, translated by our friend Brian Zumhagen.

German-Jewish author Benjamin Stein is not only a novelist, but also a computer specialist and management consultant. Born in East Berlin, Stein's new novel ...

A striking photo by the great Magnum Photographer Leonard Freed:
08/31/2012

A striking photo by the great Magnum Photographer Leonard Freed:

Jerusalem 1972 . © Leonard Freed/Magnum Photos

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07/23/2012

Habitus: A Diaspora Journal

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The 1994 bombing of the Jewish center in Buenos Aires is the subject of our innovative new e-book.
07/20/2012
iTunes - Books - [email protected]:53 by Ilan Stavans & Marcelo Brodsky

The 1994 bombing of the Jewish center in Buenos Aires is the subject of our innovative new e-book.

Get a free sample or buy [email protected]:53 by Ilan Stavans & Marcelo Brodsky on the iTunes Store. You can read this book with iBooks on your iPad.

Habitus for your iPad: Take a look at a groundbreaking collaboration from two of our favorite contributors. You've never...
07/16/2012
iTunes - Books - [email protected]:53 by Ilan Stavans & Marcelo Brodsky

Habitus for your iPad: Take a look at a groundbreaking collaboration from two of our favorite contributors. You've never seen an eBook like this before!

Get a free sample or buy [email protected]:53 by Ilan Stavans & Marcelo Brodsky on the iTunes Store. You can read this book with iBooks on your iPad.

Habitus: A Diaspora Journal
07/16/2012

Habitus: A Diaspora Journal

For a limited time: 50% OFF orders of $20 or more. Just checkout with the code TOOFER. www.habitusmag.com/issues

Our editor, Joshua Ellison, and contributing editor Ilan Stavans, have an essay in The New York Times.
07/09/2012
Reclaiming Travel

Our editor, Joshua Ellison, and contributing editor Ilan Stavans, have an essay in The New York Times.

Beginning with "Gilgamesh," our impulse to wander was forged in mythic significance. The culture of tourism has changed all that.

A first-of-its-kind ebook (for iPad only, so far) from Ilan Stavans and Marcelo Brodsky. Stay tuned for more new digital...
06/19/2012
iTunes - Books - [email protected]:53 by Ilan Stavans & Marcelo Brodsky

A first-of-its-kind ebook (for iPad only, so far) from Ilan Stavans and Marcelo Brodsky. Stay tuned for more new digital and print projects from Habitus.

Get a free sample or buy [email protected]:53 by Ilan Stavans & Marcelo Brodsky on the iTunes Store. You can read this book with iBooks on your iPad.

Catch up on your back issues this summer...
06/19/2012

Catch up on your back issues this summer...

For a limited time: 50% OFF orders of $20 or more. Just checkout with the code TOOFER. www.habitusmag.com/issues

For a limited time: 50% OFF orders of $20 or more. Just checkout with the code TOOFER. www.habitusmag.com/issues
06/05/2012

For a limited time: 50% OFF orders of $20 or more. Just checkout with the code TOOFER. www.habitusmag.com/issues

Habitus for your iPad: Take a look at a groundbreaking collaboration with two of our favorite contributors. You've never...
06/05/2012
iTunes - Books - [email protected]:53 by Ilan Stavans & Marcelo Brodsky

Habitus for your iPad: Take a look at a groundbreaking collaboration with two of our favorite contributors. You've never seen an eBook like this before!

Get a free sample or buy [email protected]:53 by Ilan Stavans & Marcelo Brodsky on the iTunes Store. You can read this book with iBooks on your iPad.

The excellent Francisco Goldman on his home in Mexico City, from The Paris Review. Take a look at our Mexico City, Mexic...
06/05/2012
Francisco Goldman, Mexico City

The excellent Francisco Goldman on his home in Mexico City, from The Paris Review. Take a look at our Mexico City, Mexico issue here:http://habitusmag.com/issues/mexico_city/

My desk is snugly ensconced in a front corner of the living room, facing wall and bookshelves, a wide window overlooking a park in Colonia Roma to the right and, on my left, the narrow side window drawn by Matteo. I’m sharing the apartment with my friend Jon Lee, who is almost always traveling, but ...

Check out the latest production from Habitus. A first-of-its-kind ebook (for iPad only, so far) from Ilan Stavans and Ma...
05/29/2012
iTunes - Books - [email protected]:53 by Ilan Stavans & Marcelo Brodsky

Check out the latest production from Habitus. A first-of-its-kind ebook (for iPad only, so far) from Ilan Stavans and Marcelo Brodsky. Stay tuned for more new digital and print projects from Habitus.

Get a free sample or buy [email protected]:53 by Ilan Stavans & Marcelo Brodsky on the iTunes Store. You can read this book with iBooks on your iPad.

Our friend Julian Voloj, who contributed extraordinary photography to our New York issue, is having an exhibition at the...
05/11/2012

Our friend Julian Voloj, who contributed extraordinary photography to our New York issue, is having an exhibition at the UN. See the poster for details!

Did you know that Habitus has an e-anthology available in the Kindle Store?
04/27/2012
Habitus: A Diaspora Journal - An Anthology

Did you know that Habitus has an e-anthology available in the Kindle Store?

Habitus: A Diaspora Journal is an international journal of Diaspora literature and culture. The magazine is poised to make a lasting impact with its unique global vision, world-class writing, and original translations. Each issue focuses on a different city, penetrating deep into the e...

Listen to our editor on Berlin Stories for NPR.
04/24/2012
Habitus on NPR · Habitus

Listen to our editor on Berlin Stories for NPR.

Habitus editor Joshua Ellison read an essay for NPR's Berlin Stories, drawing heavily on his explorations of the city for our Berlin issue. Get your copy of

In the wake of the events in Toulouse, we ask: Where is today's French-Jewish literature? If you have writers to recomme...
04/24/2012
Where is the French-Jewish literature? · Habitus

In the wake of the events in Toulouse, we ask: Where is today's French-Jewish literature? If you have writers to recommend, let us know!

The recent shootings in Toulouse have brought the complexities of French Jewry to the forefront and inspired our own investigation into the modern literary

Moscow-issue contributor Dmitry Kuzmin is coming to town...
04/04/2012

Moscow-issue contributor Dmitry Kuzmin is coming to town...

SPR is bringing celebrated Russian poet and translator Dmitry Kuzmin to the USA for a limited series of readings in Boston and NYC! All readings are free and open to the public. Here are the upcoming NYC dates:

April 18, 2012
Russian Bookstore No. 21
174 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010
7:30 p.m.
Presented by St. Petersburg Review and Cardinal Points
Additional Sponsors: Russian American Cultural Center and Ugly Duckling Presse

April 19, 2012
Panel Discussion: Poetry and Globalization
Speakers: Ram Devineni, Elizabeth Hodges, Dmitry Kuzmin, Uche Nduka, Murat Nemet-Nejat, and Elizabeth Zuba.
Eugene Ostashevsky-Moderator
New York University
19 University Place, Great Room (first floor)
5:00 p.m.

April 20, 2012
Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Contact: Adam Tobin
7:30 p.m.
Presented by St. Petersburg Review and Box of Jars
Additional Sponsors: A Public Space and Ugly Duckling Presse

DMITRY KUZMIN is a Russian poet, born in Moscow in 1968, an editor and publisher of present-day Russian poetry, editor-in chief of ARGO-RISK Publishers (since 1993), Vavilon.Ru Internet Project (since 1997) and Vozdukh (quarterly poetry magazine, since 2006). Kuzmin has translated into Russian poetry of Charles Reznikoff, E. E. Cummings, Charles Simic and other American authors. In 2003, Kuzmin won an Andrew Bely prize for “services to Russian literature.” His poetry in English translation can be found in: Essay in Poetics: Journal of Neo- Formalist Circle, Newcastle, Keel University, 1994 (tr. Robert Reid), Out of the Blue: Russia’s Hidden Gay Literature. An Anthology, edited by Kevin Moss, San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press, 1996 (tr. Vitaly Chernetsky), Crossing Centuries: The New Wave in Russian Poetry, Jersey City, Talisman House Publishers, 2000, (tr. Vitaly Chernetsky). He also contributed to: Amerika: Russian Writers View the United States, Dalkey Archive Press, 2004, and An Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets, University Of Iowa Press, 2005.

Sergio Chejfec contributed to our New York issue. His latest novel is nominated for a "Best Translated Book Award." Find...
03/06/2012
Three Percent: "My Two Worlds" by Sergio Chejfec [25 Days of the BTBA]

Sergio Chejfec contributed to our New York issue. His latest novel is nominated for a "Best Translated Book Award." Find out more:

As with years past, we’re going to spend the next five weeks highlighting all 25 titles on the BTBA fiction longlist. We’ll have a variety of guests writing these posts, all of which are centered around the question of “Why This Book Should Win.” Hopefully these are funny, accidental, entertaining, ...

Have you checked out our New York issue yet. See the Table of Contents and a few previews here:
03/06/2012
Issue 8 • New York · Habitus

Have you checked out our New York issue yet. See the Table of Contents and a few previews here:

Editor's Note The Future Tense The ground of home is shifting beneath you. Essay The Greatest Jewish City in the World by Konrad Bercovici

A great piece from our friend and translation contributor Heather Cleary Wolfgang.
03/05/2012
The Geometry of Dissent: On the Novels of Juan José Saer

A great piece from our friend and translation contributor Heather Cleary Wolfgang.

Cited by The Independent as “the most important writer after Borges,” he has also been described by his contemporary Ricardo Piglia as “one of the best writers today in any language.” In his native Argentina he is counted among the pantheon of “writer’s writers” who have left an indelible mark on th...

Check out our weekly roundup of Habitus-approved links. Compiled this week by Justine Poutschi.
03/05/2012
On our mind · Habitus

Check out our weekly roundup of Habitus-approved links. Compiled this week by Justine Poutschi.

Uncovering History Albert Kahn, one of the earliest color photographers, traveled to over fifty countries to document the rich cultural diversity in the

An interesting project from Israeli writer Alex Epstein and our friends at Electric Literature: Epstein is publishing hi...
02/16/2012
The Facebook Book

An interesting project from Israeli writer Alex Epstein and our friends at Electric Literature: Epstein is publishing his latest collection of stories via Facebook.

From our Berlin contributor/translator, Susan Bernofsky. Her new translation of Robert Walser's Berlin Stories is gettin...
02/08/2012
Berlin and the Artist by Robert Walser | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

From our Berlin contributor/translator, Susan Bernofsky. Her new translation of Robert Walser's Berlin Stories is getting rave reviews and well-deserved attention. Well done, The New York Review of Books.

Over the next few days, we will be running several excerpts from Robert Walser’s Berlin Stories, which have been translated into English for the first time by Susan Bernofsky, and just published in a new edition by New York Review Classics. Walser arrived in Berlin from Switzerland in 1905 and wrote...

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