Page 113 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 17 (1958-1959)

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AMER I CAN J EW I SH F I CT ION BOOKS
1958-1959
By
M a r y
N.
K i e v
I
T IS gratifying that a book extolling Israel and the Zionist
movement has become one of the most widely read books of
the current season. W ith vivid and dynamic penetration, Leon
Uris brings to life in
Exodus
the intrepid Israeli underground
fighters who fought the British blockade and brought thousands
of Jewish children to Israel after rescuing them from the raging
inferno of Europe.
T h is sad and painful chapter, littered with tragic debris of
Nazi bestiality, is recorded also in other books:
Flight to Afar,
Crazy in Berlin , No T im e for Tears, Sigh for a Strange Land
and
T h e Intruder.
T h e Jew 's age-old love for freedom is beautifully portrayed in
the English translation of the French saga,
T h e Sons of Avrom.
I t is demonstrated also in
T h e Anglo-Saxons
and in
A Coat for
the Tsar.
Feierberg’s
Whither
and Moshe Shamir’s
T h e K ing of Flesh
and Blood
in English translation will appeal to those interested
in the modern Hebrew renaissance.
I t is noteworthy that in a world of introspection and self­
scrutiny, many of our younger American Jewish writers concerned
with the fate of Jews the world over are drawing upon their
Jewish heritage and experiences. T h e haunted and poignant
lives of ordinary people confronted with racial tensions, family
relationships and everyday problems of living, are incisively
delineated in such books as:
Between Day and Dark, T h e Risk,
Showcase, T h e Happy Summer Days, T h e Gentile, T h e Scientists,
T h e Neighborhood
and
T h e Great Prince Died.
T h e inexhaustible moral beauty and spiritual grandeur of
the B ib le account for the continued popularity of b ib lical
novels. T h is category includes:
Jacob, T h e Unanointed, Jabbok ,
Hagar, Dara the Cypriot
and
Solomon and Sheba.
A
ndersch
, A
l fr ed
.
Flight to afar. Trans, from the German by Michael
Bullock. New York, Coward-McCann, 1958. 187 p.
Th e plotting and planning of a small group of victims of the Nazi
terror to escape the oncoming German army at the onset of World
War II. Two of the group, a disillusioned Communist and a frightened
Jewish girl, try to find some personal happiness before it is too late.
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