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The National Jewish Book Awards
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1999 Winners and Nominees

Fiction Winner

The Iron Tracks The Iron Tracks
by Aharon Applefeld, Jeffrey Greene (trans.)
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Aharon Appelfeld's THE IRON TRACKS is a novel of despair, revenge, and hope. It describes a journey back along the railroads of Europe by a Jewish survivor of the European Holocaust who is in search of the concentration camp commander who murdered his father. It is also a journey back to a past that can have meaning in the present. A world of Jewish myth begins to shine unexpectedly in this dark tunnel even as the survivors begin to disappear and the hope of revenge and closure becomes more and more remote. The cruel irony of Appelfeld's sardonic vision of Jewish assimilation is softened by the sense of attachment to a landscape of childhood and the reawakened messianism among the victims who have survived.

Fiction Nominees
Bring Us the Old People
by Marisa Kantor Stark
I Married a Communist
by Philip Roth
The Luneburg Variation
by Paolo Maurensig, Jon Rothschild (trans.)
Ten Stories
by John Jacob Clayton
Shadows on the Hudson
by Isaac Bashevis Singer

Nonfiction Winner

Kaddish Kaddish
by Leon Wieseltier

Leon Wieseltier's KADDISH is an original in every sense of the word. A brilliant, erudite, and uncompromising work of scholarship, it is also a sensitive and moving chronicle of a son's year of mourning his father. Each section takes us on a sweep of history, theology, and philosophy, opening up worlds of previously unexplored knowledge about the origins and meaning of the Kaddish prayer. To the hand, the book feels like a prayer book. For the mind and heart, it provides a deep and lasting spiritual journey.

Nonfiction Nominees
Taking Hold of Torah
Jewish Commitment and Community in America
by Arnold M. Eisen
There Once Was a World
A Nine-Hundred-Year Chronicle of the Shtetl of Eishyshok
by Yaffa Eliach

Other 1998 Honorees

Autobiography/Memoir (The Sandra Brand and Arik Weintraub Award)
Jacob, Menahem and Mimoun
Marcel Benabou

Children's Picture Book (The Louis Posner Memorial Award)
You Never Know
Francine Prose

Education (Leon Jolson Award)
First Fruit
Ronald Wolfson

History (Gerrard and Ella Berman Philanthropic Fund Award)
Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation
Miriam Bodian

Holocaust (Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation Award)
Between Dignity and Despair
Marion A. Kaplan

Israel (Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation Award)
Israel's Place in the Middle East
Nissim Rejwan

Jewish-Christian Relations (Charles H. Revson Foundation Award)
Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus
Susannah Heschel

Jewish Scholarship (Dorot Foundation, in Memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson)
Entering the High Holy Days
Reuven Hammer

Sephardic and Ashkenazic Culture (Mimi Frank Award, in Memory of Becky Levy)
A Time to Be Born
Michele Klein

Sephardic Studies (Maurice Amado Foundation Award)
The Geonim of Babylonia and the Shaping of Medieval Jewish Culture
Robert Brody

Engendering Judaism
Rachel Adler

Women's Studies (Barbara Dobkin Honorary Award, by Her Friends)
Jewish Women in America
Paula E. Hyman