SHIP OF THE HUNTED by Yehuda Elberg


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 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. This story begins in the Warsaw Ghetto during WW II and focuses on Golda Heshl, who survives separation from her husband and family and incarceration at Treblinka, and also on her son Yossel Yurek, who lives by his wits as a farmworker and black marketeer. The novel operates at a continuous high pitch of emotion and is marred by a preachy, melodramatic conclusion. But the detailed portrayal of its characters' sufferings is acute, and the imperfect realization of their dream of a refugee ship coming ``to lead us out of exile'' is rendered with stunning irony.

Pub Date: May 19th, 1997
ISBN: 0-8156-0449-1
Page count: 308pp
Publisher: Syracuse Univ.
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1997