Following the book's European publication, some questioned whether a novel placing Hitler in a contemporary setting was offensive while others praised its satirical tone. Now 'Look Who's Back' by Timur Vermes is arriving in America.
In preparation for Russia's Victory Day celebration, to be held May 9 to commemorate the Soviet Union's defeat of Nazi Germany, the country is cracking down on anything displaying the Nazi swastika – including the cover of Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel 'Maus.'
Former Monitor critic Ron Charles called 'Jonathan' 'thoroughly enchanting.' The TV version will star 'Ray Donovan' actor Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel, who starred in the Broadway production of 'Matilda.'
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'These are the books that speak most immediately to young people, dealing with many of the difficult issues that arise in their own lives, or in the lives of their friends,' Judith Platt, chair of the Banned Books Week national committee, said of challenged YA books.
Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen suggests that Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev may have seen terrorism as 'a shortcut to greatness.' As a terrorist, 'You can go from being a nobody to declaring war on a great country,' says Gessen.
Iles's new book, 'The Bone Tree,' includes an investigation into the JFK assassination. 'If Oswald did not act alone, then I would say there’s a 95% chance that a conspiracy of the size and type that I laid out in this book is the most likely thing to have happened,' Iles says.