Nathan Englander, author of the darkly comic, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, discusses Raymond Carver, postwar Jewishness, constructions of cultural identity in and out of fiction, and the art of the short story with Darin Strauss, author of Half A Life and a faculty member in NYU’s Creative Writing Program."The stories, though full of fantasy, humour and a sense of absurdity familiar to us from Sholem Aleichem to Woody Allen, transcend any antiquarian notion of Jewishness; they explore dilemmas that are, for want of a better word, universal." - Pankaj Mishra on What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne FrankNathan Englander is also the author of the acclaimed short story collection, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, (1999) and the novel The Ministry of Special Cases (2007). His play, The Twenty-Seventh Man — an adaptation of his own story about a group of Jewish writers imprisoned in Stalinist Russia — was performed at the Public Theater in New York. Englander's translations have been published in New American Haggadah (2012), edited by Jonathan Safran Foer, and Suddenly a Knock on the Door, a collection of short stories by Israeli writer Etgar Keret.