His new book is The Anti-Imperial Choice: The Making of the Ukrainian Jew.
Earlier this week I asked him what he was reading. His reply:
I am a bizarre reader. As a rule, I am trying to read something very different from what I am writing/researching at that time. Over the last three months I have been working on a book on Vladimir Lenin, which is my third monograph. Of course, I had to read through 55 vols. of Lenin's complete works (in Russian). Yet I cannot say "I read Lenin." Rather I should modestly say, I did my research on him. What I read was different.Read an excerpt from The Anti-Imperial Choice and learn more about the book at the Yale University Press website.
Thus, for example, I finished Nathan Englander's novel The Ministry of Special Cases--a very unsettling and remarkably written book which made use of narrative patterns of Gogol, Kafka, and Faulkler.
I read a chapter from Shney Lukhot Ha-Brit (Two Tablets of Law), a key 17th century book in Kabbalah.
And I finished two chapters of a manual of 1,000 chess problems--by "finishing" I imply that I managed to solve about 80.
But all of that does not get even close to the amount of reading I do on-line--yet this is what I scan rather than read.
Learn more about Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern at his faculty webpage.