LIVING NOVELS: A Journey through Twentieth-Century Fiction

Sascha Talmor
New Academia Publishing, 2006
270 Pages
ISBN 0-9777908-1-9 Paperback

For BULK ORDERS, order directly from New Academia Publishing.

About the Author

Sascha Talmor, university lecturer in English literature and life-long kibbutz member, was the founding editor with her husband Professor Ezra Talmor of the History of European Ideas (1980 – 95). Together they also founded and organized the biennial conferences of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI). In 1996 the Talmors founded The European Legacy, which Sascha co-edited until her death in 2004. Her publications include Glanvill: The Uses and Abuses of Scepticism (1981) and The Rhetoric of Criticism: From Hobbies to Coleridge (1984), as well as various articles and review essays.

About the book

These passionate readings of eighteen novels from fifteen countries offer us Sascha Talmor’s vision of the best and worst in human life.


“Living Novels examines a panorama of twentieth-century novels from different countries and written in different languages. It reveals how major historical events, central philosophical ideas, and moral issues are interwoven within these works. Sascha Talmor shows us how attention to the essential human story in modern fiction leads us imperceptibly to a deepened understanding of literature as the bearer of fundamental humanistic values.”
– Dr. Elisabeth (Betty) Maxwell, London, UK

“Sascha’s contributions reveal her particular slant, her warm personal evaluations, with a deep understanding of the human psyche based so firmly on her own uncommon experience. Not here will you find literary theories foisted on works warped into accepting them. Sascha writes from affection and feeling, never doctrinaire, never jargonistic.”
– Professor Emeritus Armand Singer, West Virginia University

“Sascha’s reviews are the journeys of a curious and scholarly mind. They are the meditative and joyous strolls of the humanist she was, through the multifaceted literature of our times.
– Michele Lemettais, Framingham, Massachusetts

“Sascha Talmor’s contributions to intellectual life were many, but her literary criticism reveals one thing of overriding merit: that she was committed to people above ideological or religious dogma.”
– David Lovell, Professor of Political Science at the University of New South Wales, and former Acting Rector of the University of Canberra (from the “introduction”)