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M. N. K IE V— JEWISH FICTION BOOKS
a sensitive Jewish musician and Countess Marianna Maday, a member of the
Hungarian aristocracy. Marianna plunges to her death and Andrew embraces
Catholicism, entering the Catholic priesthood. A most incongruous and
unrealistic end.
K e i l , R o s e K l u g e r .
A woman named Chaye. New York, Exposition, 1952.
251 p.
Chaye, a Polish Jewish girl, rebels against a marriage her mother had
arranged before her birth.
K r a v i t z , N a t h a n .
Zaquta, the seer. Translated from the Yiddish by William
Shure. New York, Vantage, 1952. 154 p.
A religious novel concerned with an ethical history of mankind.
L e f t w i c h , J o s e p h ,
ed. Yisroel: the first Jewish omnibus. Revised edition.
New York, Beechhurst, 1952. 723 p.
76 stories by Jewish authors from many countries, including Benjamin
Disraeli, Sholom Asch, Franz Werfel, Franz Kafka and others. First pub-
lished in London in 1933, this is the first American edition and has a new
introduction.
L e i b e r t , J u l i u s A m o s .
The lawgiver: a novel about Moses. New York, Expo-
sition, 1953. 356 p.
A psychiatric interpretation of the motivation of the heroic figures of the
past. He uses the Biblical story of Moses as a basis for the novel, but the
characters are not those of the Bible.
L e s s n e r , E r w i n C h r i s t i a n .
At the devil’s booth. Garden City, N. Y., Double-
day, 1952. 630 p.
The story of the sad plight of an Austrian nobleman who is an avowed
anti-Nazi. He is forced to flee from one country to another when the German
army takes over. The novel contains many grim details of anti-Semitic
attacks on Jews.
L i v i n g s t o n , H a r o l d .
The coasts of the earth. Boston, Houghton, Mifflin;
New York, Ballantine, 1954. 278 p.
The story of the men who flew for the hard pressed Israelis in 1948. They
were Zionist idealists, adventurers, some Jews, some Gentiles, who fought in
World War II and couldn’t adjust to peace. One gets an insight into the
nature of the American Jews who fought for Israel and the Israelis fighting
for their lives. The background is historically accurate. A thoroughly enjoy-
able, fast paced book.
M a n k o w i t z , W o l f .
A kid for two farthings. Illustrated by James Boswell.
New York, Dutton, 1954. 120 p.
An enchanting story of London’s East End as seen through the wondering
and trustful eyes of six year old Joe. The half Yiddish, half Cockney inhabitants
of the Whitechapel streets emerge full of warmth, humor and color.
M a r t i n , P e t e r .
The landsmen. Boston, Little, Brown, 1952. 367 p.
A sensitive, often moving, story of the Jews in the town of Golinsk in Russia
in the late 19th century. Almost a series of connected short stories, each per-
son’s story overlapping with those of others in the town. The difficult lot of
the Jewish families living on an estate in old Russia is made bearable by their
faith in God and the warm comradeship that enables them to laugh in the
face of adversity.
M i s h e i k e r , B e t t y .
Wings on her petticoat. New York, Morrow, 1952. 224 p.
An African housewife tells the story of her mother who, with three small
children and little money, left her native village in Lithuania to join her
husband in South Africa.
M u r d o c k , J a m e s .
Ketti Shalom. New York, Random, 1953. 318 p.
A novel featuring the exploits of Ketti Shalom, a Jewish Joan of Arc, and
the miracles she performed during Israel’s fight for independence. The book
is filled with the most incredibly unbelievable characters ever assembled.
M u s i l , R o b e r t .
The man without qualities. New York, Coward-MacMann,
1953. 365 p.
A satirical novel laid in the Vienna of 1913. Throughout the book Jewish
characters appear and constant references are made to Jews so that one
feels instinctively the important role Jews played in Vienna.