BOOKS: Broken relationships

Author Naomi Novik masterfully weaves Jewish and feminist themes into her latest fantasy novel.

By RAZ GREENBERG
September 17, 2018 15:52
3 minute read.
A Slavic building

A Slavic building. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
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Naomi Novik became one of the 21st century’s biggest stars of fantasy literature with the publication of her Temeraire series, in which she brought dragon warfare into the Napoleonic wars. Three years ago, she took a decidedly different direction with her stand-alone novel Uprooted, a dark and complex fairy-tale inspired by Slavic traditions, owing much to Novik’s own family roots in Eastern Europe.

In her new novel, Spinning Silver, she goes back to the harsh Slavic landscapes, adding a Germanic touch with a Rumpelstiltskin-inspired plot, and above all a Jewish protagonist.

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