Maybe Not Essential, But Pretty Good

Our lantsman Jason Diamond over at the brilliant website has come up with a list of the “50 Most Essential Works of Jewish Fiction of the Last 100 Years”. The criteria to make this august list included any work that could be considered “Jewish fiction” written by a Jewish author or dealing heavily with Jewish topics.

The top 5 on the list are:

1. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

2. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (who knew he was a yidl )

3. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth

4. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

5. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

So, take a gander at the List and see what you think. Personally, I have some quibbles with it, but don’t we always.

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