DIPLO­MAT’S DIN­NERS

The Jewish Chronicle - - ARTS&BOOKS -

Hoff­man’s Hunger, by Leon de Win­ter (Toby Press, £9.99), is a sur­pris­ingly lively novel about a Spinoza-study­ing Dutch bu­limic who finds him­self ap­pointed am­bas­sador to the then Cze­choslo­vakia in the 1980s. This is a man who could hardly be more be­set by tragedy, be­ing a Holo­caust sur­vivor whose twin daugh­ters later died, one as a re­sult of leukaemia, the other through sui­cide af­ter a life wrecked by heroin.

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