Search Results: "Isaac Bashevis Singer"


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LOST IN AMERICA by Isaac Bashevis Singer
NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 1981

"And despite the nonstop laments, this sharp, shapely memoir bounces along quite merrily—with the wicked, ironic grace of three or four overlapping Singer stories."
The Nobel Laureate continues his selective, semi-fictional memoirs—"contributions to an autobiography I never intend to write"—with a third, large-print volume illustrated by Raphael Soyer. Read full book review >

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SATAN IN GORAY by Isaac Bashevis Singer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 1955

"For a very limited audience — not that of his contemporary novel, The Family Moskat."
A strange story for modern readers of a tiny town on 17th century Poland, where first the Jewish population is decimated by the marauding Cossacks- then, as they creep back to reestablish their homes and businesses, comes the news of a Messiah, in the person of Sabbatai Zevi. Read full book review >

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THE KING OF THE FIELDS by Isaac Bashevis Singer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 1988

"And, simply as storytelling, this may be the weakest work of Singer's career: uninvolving, clumsily prosaic, more reminiscent of a bad-imitation Clan of the Cave Bear than anything in the Nobel Prize-winner's beguiling canon."
Singer's first novel in five years touches on many of his recurring themes (lust vs. reason, paganism vs. civilization, women as she-devils) but in a strange, largely unconvincing context: pre-medieval, primitive Poland, where assorted pagan tribes fight for control of rural neighborhoods, at odds over (among other things) whether to live by hunting or farming. Read full book review >

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SHOSHA by Isaac Bashevis Singer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 1978

"We miss the vividness, the claustrophobia of superior Singer; indubitably, upsettingly true, the story seems capped—and handicapped—with Destiny."
The threat of Nazi occupation throws a fence up around this story of Jewish Warsaw in the Thirties, locking it into patterns of blind dailyness and a sweet, enduring, ultimately fatal foolishness: "so long as Hitler didn't attack, so long as no revolution or pogrom erupted, each day was a gift from God." Read full book review >

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THE FAMILY MOSKAT by Isaac Bashevis Singer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1950

"A detailed accounting of a part of the past, of a type of life and people now wiped out, this is impressive in its scope."
A closely meshed, heavily patterned family saga, this covers the years from before World War I and up to the bombing of Warsaw of World War II in the fortunes of the Mosk. Read full book review >

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A FRIEND OF KAFKA by Isaac Bashevis Singer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 1979

"These stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Commentary, Harper's, etc. A seasoned talent which seems to sharpen with the years."
The fifth—and quite possibly the most impressive—collection of Singer's richly crafted tales of Polish ghetto life and curious transmogrifications—from upper Broadway to South America and Europe. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1960

"Almost a parable, Yasha of Lublin will have intense sympathizers, primarily among Jewish readers."
The position of Yasha Mazur in nineteenth century Poland was doubly anomalous: as a prestidigitator, hypnotist, and tight rope performer, par excellence, he mingled with and was acclaimed by every level of society and at the same time consigned to the statusless ranks of the bohemian; as a half-Jew he suffered all the restrictions placed on non-Gentiles in that society without enjoying the spiritual security the ghetto provided observant Jews. Read full book review >

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SCUM by Isaac Bashevis Singer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1991

"Marvellous descriptions of Warsaw life, both in the Jewish quarter and elsewhere, do much to redeem the triteness of a tale predictable in its telling and its outcome: not Singer's best."
More déja vu than vintage, Singer's latest novel combines familiar Singer themes of moral corruption, Polish life before the wars, and seductive women—all in a story with lofty intentions and a plot that's seen better days. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF METHUSELAH AND OTHER STORIES by Isaac Bashevis Singer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1988

"So this is very much lesser Singer: always readable, of course, but rather monotonic and undernourished."
You often write on the topic of jealousy." Read full book review >

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THE SLAVE by Isaac Bashevis Singer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 1962

"Exciting, exotic, quite moving, The Slave could do very well indeed."
Set in 17th century Poland, at a time when marauding Ukranian Cossacks perpetrated the most helnous of crimes against the Jewish populace, Singer's novel traces the development of Taimudle scholar Jacob Josefov from his literal bondage among the pagan-Christian peasants to his existential freedom from the fetters of doctrinal commitment. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1976

"A delight."
Margot Zemach's rough sketches are appropriately peasantlike in feeling, though they barely hint at the richness of this collection which has greater range and vitality than any of Singer's previous work for children. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1976

"A plumb line to the rich primal sea of Singer's storytelling."
This essay will try to relate the experiences of one who considers himself a bit of a mystic," and in the light of Singer's introductory exegesis, one who is also a bit of a seeker, one with a nodding acquaintance with demons and the better angels. Read full book review >