THE JUGGLER by Michael Blankfort


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A symbolic story of one man's discovery of himself and his new land, has for its central figure, Hans Muller, a world famous juggler whose spirit and sanity had suffered in Nazi camps. He comes to Haifa in 1949 filled with a despairing bombast, the belief that though it may be a new land and a new life the people are the same, that everything is a prison and that home is a place you lose. Shunning the doctors, escaping Camp David the King, in utter terror he believes he has killed a policeman and escapes to a kibbutz with orphaned Yehoshua, whose life he saves in a mined field. The life of the kibbutz, the understanding and integrity of Ya'el and the grim honesty of the people exert their influence so that when the sympathetic detective catches up with him, Hans is able, after a bout of panic, to give himself up. The subject as well as the object of violence, the victim as well as the victimizer makes for a story of suspension and balance in keeping with its main character's profession, -- a story which has a warm approach to the making of a Jewish homeland.

Pub Date: Feb. 26th, 1951
Publisher: Little, Brown