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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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A
strachan
, S
am
.
An end to dying. New York, Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1956.
246
p.
Obviously autobiographical, it is the chronicle of the Kagans of Russia,
who became Cohens in America. Against the panorama of poverty and riches
is enfolded the story of Sam Star’s quest for his own identity. A large part
of the book is concerned with the suffering and death of his parents.
B a b e l , I s a a c .
The collected stories of Isaac Babel. Translated and edited by
Walter Morison; introduction by Lionel Trilling. New York, Criterion, 1955.
381 P•
Babel, an expatriate from the traditional Jewish middle-class life of Odessa,
is aware of his bohemian detachment from both Jewish and Russian folk life,
hence one finds his stories and sketches suffused with sharp irony. The book
contains short stories, vignettes and excerpts from a war journal. Several
are classics of Jewish life in Czarist Russia.
B
lankfort
, M
ichael
.
The strong hand. Boston, Little, Brown, 1956. 318
p.
The tragic love story of a young Orthodox rabbi, Leo Berdick, and a famous
photographer-journalist, Katy Waterman. Though very much in love, they
cannot marry because Katy’s husband, an airman, is presumed dead, and
Jewish law does not permit a remarriage on that presumption.
C
ooper
, B
r i an
.
Maria. New York, Vanguard, 1956. 232 p.
A suspense drama concerning a German massacre of Polish Jews and its
aftermath. Charles Crighton who is engaged to Mary Sutherland, an English
girl, discovers that her dead husband had been a Nazi and that the Maria
referred to in the Nuremberg trial record is Mary.
D
elmar
, V
i n a
.
Beloved. New York, Harcourt, Brace, 1956. 382 p.
An historical novel based on the almost incredible career of Judah Benjamin,
American Jewish lawyer and statesman, Secretary of State and Secretary of
War to Jefferson Davis during the Civil War. Benjamin’s strange marriage
and love affair with his own wife, Natalie, is most unusual.
F
euchtwanger
,
L. (J. L. Wetcheek, pseud.). Raquel: the Jewess of Toledo.
Translated from the German by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Welkins. New York,
Messner, 1956. 433 p.
To Castile’s Christian capital, Toledo, came Don Yehuda, Jewish merchant,
to be Alfonso’s financial minister, bringing with him his beautiful daughter,
Raquel. Thus begins the romantic tragedy of Alfonso’s love for Raquel in
this 12th century novel.
G
er b e r
, I
srael
J
o shua
.
Man on a pendulum: a case history of an invert. New
York, American, 1956. 320 p.
A fictional biography of a homosexual who achieved normal adjustment
through psychological and religious counseling. The story is purportedly
based on an actual case handled by the author, a rabbi.
G
illon
, D
iana
and
M
e i r
.
Vanquish the angel. New York, Day, 1956. 252 p.
The story of Yoel and his beautiful Gentile wife, Olivia, during one of the
most crucial moments of Jewish history. It begins with the British mandate
of Palestine, records the coming of the Jewish pioneers, guerrilla warfare with
the Arabs and the establishment of the State of Israel.
G
oldring
-G
od ing
, H
en r y
.
Out of hell. Boston, Chapman & Grimes, 1955. 149 p.
The story of Joseph Held, an ex-officer of the Polish army and his wife;
their suffering in a German concentration camp and their miraculous escape.
H
azaz
, H
ayim
.
Mori Sa’id. Translated from the Hebrew by Ben Halpern. New
York, Abelard-Schuman, 1956. 340 p.
A novel portraying three generations of Yemenite Jews from Southern
Arabia who have settled in modern Israel. The oldest is Mori Sa’id, the
patriarch and sage, respected for his Talmudic learning; his son, Sion, rep-
resents the middle generation; Sion’s daughter, rejects a life of privation and
turns to the new life in the
Kibbutz.
I
ngram
, T
olbert
R. Maid of Israel. Nashville, Tenn., Broadman, 1955. 270־ p.
A story of faith and tragedy in biblical days, of Miriam, Elisha, the Syrians
and Israel.
K
av i noky
, B
ern ice
.
Honey from a dark hive. New York, Rinehart, 1955. 271 p.
The tragic love story of Judith Harris, a lovely young Jewish school teacher