David Stromberg is a writer, translator, and literary scholar.
His early publications include four collections of single-panel cartoons, the last of which was Baddies (Melville House Publishing). He fiction has appeared in Ambit, Atticus Review, and The Woven Tale Press, and his nonfiction in The American Scholar, Entropy, Speculative Nonfiction, and Literary Matters, among others. For seven years he wrote on arts and culture for The Jerusalem Post.
Stromberg's scholarly work focuses on the intersections of narrative and aesthetic theory, American and European literature, Yiddish language and culture, and philosophy and psychoanalysis. His scholarly articles can be found in Prooftexts, Studies in American Jewish Literature, Journal of Narrative Theory, Soundings, and American Journal of Psychoanalysis. His first book-length critical study, Narrative Faith: Dostoevsky, Camus, and Singer (U Del Press), focused on narrative technique and moral vision. His second, IDIOT LOVE and the Elements of Intimacy (Palgrave), deals with literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis.
Stromberg has published translations from the Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish, and edited a children's collection, In the Land of Happy Tears: Yiddish Tales for Modern Times (Delacorte / Random House), bringing together stories written in the early 20th century. He is editor to the Isaac Bashevis Singer Literary Trust, and his translations of Singer's work have appeared in The New Yorker, Tablet, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Conjunctions. He has also edited a collection of Singer's of essays, Old Truths and New Clichés (Princeton University Press).
Stromberg's recent work includes a series of personal essays in Public Seminar about growing up on the ethnic and cultural margins of Los Angeles. He has written about the cultural implications of the coronavirus epidemic, the emotional layers of social revolt in America, and reflections on the meaning of literature in daily life. His latest book was a novella-length speculative essay, A Short Inquiry into the End of the World (The Massachusetts Review).
Born in Israel to ex-Soviet parents, Stromberg immigrated as a child to the United States, and returned to Israel twenty years later. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and two little ones.
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