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Portrait of a Fat Jew: Brigid Brophy's 'Flesh'

6 days ago   |   By Tablet Magazine

Jewish culture, mainly of the Eastern European flavor, has long become an inseparable part of America's imaginative and comedic landscape. But England is different: It is a land in which exuberance of any kind is frowned upon, where the worst form of public rudeness is to stand out.. England never imagined itself to be a nation of refugees. Uppermost in the minds of British Jews was the need to blend in. As a result, Jewish life has only rarely found expression in English literature, and when it has come, it has often been oblique, as in the ambiguously Jewish characters of Anita Brookner...
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