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ELIJAH THE SLAVE by Elizabeth Shub


translated by Elizabeth Shub, Isaac Bashevis Singer, illustrated by Antonio Frasconi

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1970
ISBN: 0374420475
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Heavenly intercession spawns many legends but it takes more than providence to make a story. Summarily, Tobias the scribe loses the use of his right hand and so his livelihood; shortly, Elijah, a messenger from God, not only removes his disability but vastly improves his lot -- this by insisting that Tobias sell him as a slave and promising a palace to the highest bidder. Which done, he is free to return to heaven. Arid -- and the illustrations pose gaunt, awkward figures derived from early medieval miniatures against sweeping bands of color: the effect is mannered, discordant, altogether offputting for children.