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BHL vs Salman

You’ve got to hand it to the organisers of Jewish Book Week. For their opening night, they have landed the intellectual equivalent of Madonna and Britney, or Beckham and Ronaldo – a glorious double header featuring two global stars.

The performers in question are Salman Rushdie and Bernard-Henri L?vy, the roving philosopher with a film star wife, famed as one of France’s best known and most envied men. The book festival billing it like a blockbuster: a Saturday night premiere for a showdown called “Confronting Terror.”

Except this will be no ugly wrestling match: there is too much the pair…

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