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AMER I CAN J EWI SH F I CT ION BOOKS
1960-1961
HE far-reaching consequences of the suffering, martyrdom
and tragedy endured in the Nazi concentration camps were
graphically depicted in some very recent works:
The Inspector,
The Last of the Just, Journey Not to End, Tell Me Another
Morning
and
Anna Teller.
The memories of the tragedy of the
Spanish Inquisition were retold in
The Inquisitors
and
A Kind
of Justice.
Some of the novels reflect in great measure the problems of
life. The deep silences and emotional conflicts of inter-marriage
are found in
Anybody’s Spring, My Brother: The Bear, Strangers,
and
Wedding Band.
Disturbed family relationships, memoirs of
childhood, the pangs of adolescence and the sad, sobering,
difficult adjustment to the loss of kin are described in
The
Breakwater, The Building, Family, Gold-Rimmed Spectacles,
The Human Season
and
Memoir of Spring.
The characters of the Biblical novels, Adam, Rizpah and
Marcella, emerge as real personalities against the colorful back­
ground of ancient times beginning with creation up until
The
Second Crucifixion.
Some of the lighter and more entertaining books were
The
Golden Weather,
a summer in the life of a normal thirteen year
old boy growing up in the South,
So It Was Just a Simple Wed­
ding, The Marriage Broker
and
The Magician of Lublin.
Among the new editions were old favorites like
The Rise of
David Levinsky, Old New-Land, Call It Sleep
and
The King of
Schnorrers.
A
ndrze jew sk i
, J
e r z y
.
The inquisitors. Trans, from Polish
by
Conrad Syrop.
New York, Knopf, 1960. 159 p.
Tale of Tomas de Torquemada, Spanish Inquisitor-General and his
young idealistic secretary, Friar Diego, during the inquisition in Spain
in the 15th century.
A
n go ff
, C
ha rles
.
The bitter spring. New York, Yoseloff, 1961. 730 p.
First volume of a new series. David Polonsky’s experiences in New
York after he has left Boston to join the editorial staff of “American
World,” a magazine for emancipated intellectuals.
By M a r y
N.
K iev
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