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M. N. K IE V ----AMERICAN JEWISH FICTION BOOKS 99
who falls in love with Pietro D ’Angelo, a Catholic coal miner. The conflict
that swept the little Western Pennsylvania town where they lived is deeply
and touchingly told.
K
el lner
, E
s ther
.
The promise. New York, Westminster, 1956. 236 p.
A retelling of the biblical story of Abraham and his wife Sarai.
K
ent
, M
ade le i ne
F
ab iola
.
The corsair. New York, Doubleday, 1956. 299 p.
A biographical novel asserting that Jean Lafitte, who with Andrew Jackscn
was a hero of the battle of New Orleans, had a Jewish mother and was conscious
of his Jewish ancestry, though not of his Jewish heritage.
M
emmi
, A
lbert
.
The pillar of salt. Translated from the French by Edouard
Roditi. New York, Criterion, 1955. 352 p.
A vivid, semi-autobiographical story of Alexandre Mordekhai Benilouche’s
struggles to escape from the Tunisian ghetto where he lives. Beneath this
account of privation, there is the harrowing realization on Benilouche’s part
that he belongs nowhere.
M
ure
, P
ierra
L
a
.
Beyond desire: a novel based on the life of Felix and Cecile
Mendelssohn. New York, Random, 1955. 404 p.
Fictional biography of Felix Mendelssohn, whose life, though short, 1809-47,
was rich, varied and interesting.
P
ata i
, I
ren e
.
The valley of God. New York, Random, 1956. 351
p.
A recreation of the love story of the prophet, Hosea, for his wife, Gomer.
It is the story of Hosea through most of his life and of Gomer’s perfidy when
she left her husband and children.
S
incla ir
, J o .
The changelings. New York, McGraw-Hill,
1955. 322 p.
The story of a block of Jewish and Italian first and second generation
immigrants in the process of changing into a Negro neighborhood; the fears,
hates and loves this change lets loose. It is a dramatic portrayal of the conflicts
that go on in so called “dying neighborhoods.” It is also the story of Judith
Vincent, a 13 year old, who is caught up in this cross current of change.
S
chwarz
, L
eo
W., ed. Feast of Leviathan: tales of adventure, faith and love
from Jewish literature. New York, Rinehart, 1956. 365 p.
The editor of the popular anthologies,
The Jewish Caravan
and
A Golden
Treasury of Jewish Literature
, presents a well-chosen collection of stories for
young and old.
S
inger
, I
saac
B
a shev i s
.
Satan in Goray. Translated from the Yiddish by Jacob
Sloan. New York, Noonday, 1955. 239 p.
The tale of an isolated 17th century Polish hamlet, Goray, and the longing
for salvation that possessed its Jewish population after the dark decade of the
Chmielnicki massacres. The advent of Sabbati Zevi and his effect on the
people.
S
laughter
, F
rank
G
ill
.
(C. V. Terry, pseud.). The scarlet cord; a novel of the
woman of Jericho. New York, Doubleday, 1956. 352 p.
Based on the Book of Joshua, it might well be called the Book of Rahab,
for it is the mysterious woman of Jericho who dominates the action.
V
ie rtel
, J
o seph
.
The last temptation. New York, Simon & Schuster, 1955.
437 p.
Victor and Deborah Marmorek flee from Nazi dominated Vienna and
together with their son, David, find refuge in Israel. Victor is accused and
executed for betraying the Hagana. The major portion of the book is Deborah’s
efforts to clear his name.
W
echsberg
, J
oseph
.
The self-betrayed. New York, Knopf, 1955. 301 p.
Portrait of a ruthless Central European communist leader who stops at
nothing to achieve his own ends. Though written in first person and the “ I”
is a Jew, very little of Jewish life in this Central European Jewish community
is revealed.
W
e i n r e b
, N
athan iel
N
or s en
.
Esther. New York, Doubleday, 1955. 316 p.
A novel based on the life of the biblical queen, Esther, and Xerxes, ruler of
Persia, who took Esther for his wife.
W
ilson
, D
orothy
C
larke
.
Jezebel. New York, McGraw-Hill, 1955. 377 p.
The Old Testament story of Jezebel, the Phoenician princess, who, though
the avowed enemy of the prophets of Israel, married Ahab, King of Israel.