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AME R I CAN J EWI S H F I C T I ON BOOKS
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By M a r y
N.
K ie v
T
HIS year as in the past the problems of contemporary life
dealing with the spiritual malaise of our generation, the
serious exploration of self, the conflicts in individual and personal
relationships, dominate the American-Jewish fiction list. Some
of the titles reflect the tenor of this mood:
Mirrors Are Lonely,
The Important Thing
,
Notes from a Dark Alley, Shapes of Clay,
Blood and Water, God Must Be Sad, A New Life
,
Star in the
Wind, The Accident, Ship of Fools, Wilderness, Stream in the
Wilderness.
Notable among the collections of short stories depicting Amer-
ican life were
The Grove, Pull Down Vanity, Tales of Hoffmanג
The New Country, My Father Sits in the Dark
and
Captain
Newman, M.D.
The English translations of Israeli short stories
were
Modern Israeli Stories
and
The Whole Loaf.
Two family sagas were interesting:
The Family Man
and
Damned I f You Do—Damned I f You Don’t.
A d l e r , E dw a rd .
Notes from a dark street. New York, Knopf, 1962. 219 p.
The scene is set in a nightmare alley on the Lower East Side of New
York tenanted by cripples and eccentrics, parasites and victims. One of
the characters, Bibber, an aging Talmudist, counteracts some of the
morbidity with his acrid Yiddish humor.
B e r d a c h , R a c h e l .
The emperor, the sages and death. Trans, from German
by William Wolf. New York, Yoseloff, 1962. 199 p.
Historical novel set in the court of the German Emperor Frederick the
Second (1194-1250) in Sicily and Naples and his friendship with Rabbi
Jacob Charif Ben Aron.
B e i g e l , U l i .
Mirrors are lonely. New York, Atheneum, 1962. 310
p .
The emotional and spiritual disturbances experienced by a German-
Jewish family upon their arrival in New York City.
B e r n s t e in , B u r t o n .
The grove. New York, McGraw-Hill, 1961. 171
p .
Assortment of short stories chronicling the adventures, romances and
intrigues of about a dozen upper-middle-class Jewish families in a small
Massachusetts community. The stories are told by an adolescent boy.
B l o c k e r , J o e l ,
ed. Modern Israeli stories. New York, Schocken, 1961. 300 p.
Included are stories by Agnon, Hazaz, Amithai and Tammuz.
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