When Deborah Friedell and Adam Thirlwell met twenty years ago, they started a discussion about Jewish identity they are still puzzling over today. Revisiting Philip Roth’s The Counterlife (1986), an archetypally American author’s take on British antisemitism and the escapist allure of aliyah, Adam and Deborah discuss the nuances of Jewish experience and novel-writing across the Atlantic.

Read Adam’s piece on Bruno Schultz in the archive, and watch Judith Butler deliver her Winter Lecture on who owns Kafka here.

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