Books by Yehuda Elberg

SHIP OF THE HUNTED by Yehuda Elberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 1997

Ship Of The Hunted ($26.95; May 19, 1997; 308 pp.; 0-8156-0449- 1): The first English translation of a 1974 novel by an eminent Polish writer (new to American readers, and now a Canadian citizen) whose passionate identification with the travail of the European Jews is reminiscent of ``Sholom Aleichem,'' S.Y. Agnon, and Isaac Bashevis Singer. Read full book review >
THE EMPIRE OF KALMAN THE CRIPPLE by Yehuda Elberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 1997

"Once again (see above), Elberg tacks an anticlimactic moralizing finale onto a story that is otherwise a triumph."
The Empire Of Kalman The Cripple ($26.95; May 5, 1997; 330 pp.; 0- 8156-0448-3): A later (1983) novel set in a Polish shtetl on the eve of the Second World War, this is a masterly character study of an embittered, crafty shopkeeper who by sheer force of will transforms himself from ``a thief and a lecher . . . [into] an upstanding citizen and a philanthropist.'' Both Kalman's Balzacian appetite for life and his forebears' frustrated struggles for security are explored in convincing depth in a many-leveled narrative that accomplishes the difficult feat of eliciting our compassionate empathy with its disagreeable antihero. Read full book review >