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O
p a t o sh u
, J
o s e p h
.
In Polish woods. Philadelphia, Jewish Publication
Society, 1938. 392 p.
Set in the latter half of the 19th century, this novel depicts Jewish
life in Poland. The hero of this volume works in the local forest
region and then is attracted to the court of a Hasidic leader. The
Yiddish novelist, Mr. Opatoshu, also describes an uprising of Polish
peasants.
* S
inger
, I
saac
B
a sh ev is
.
The slave. New York, Farrar, Straus and Cudahy,
1962; Avon, 1964. 311 p.
Set in 17th century Poland, this novel is concerned with a Jew
who is enslaved by peasants, escapes, marries a Christian woman and
then becomes a pious, almost saintly man as his wife observes and
absorbs all the Jewish traditions. It is a study in piety, love and
oppression.
*------ . Satan in Goray, New York, Noonday, 1955. 239 p.
A 17th century folk tale, in which a small town responds in great
frenzy to the coming of Sabbatai Zevi, a false messiah. Seeking relief
and salvation, following pogroms and violence, the Jews fall prey to
a messiah who is, in reality, a fraud.
*S
in g er
,
I. J. The brothers Ashkenazi. New York, Knopf, 1936; World,
1963. 642 p.
This long family chronicle of Polish-Jewish life was first published
in English in 1936. It is the tale of two brothers who are textile
merchants in the city of Lodz. One is a student; the other a seeker
after pleasure. The novelist traces their lives, the Bolshevik revolution
and an entire industrial civilization, as well as Jewish themes, issues
and conflicts.
Z
ar a
, L
o u is
.
Blessed
is
the land. New York, Crown, 1954. 393 p.
Told through the fictional journal of Asher Levy, one of the first
Jews to come to America, this novel describes the experiences of the
pioneering Jews who came to New Amsterdam and sought freedom
in the New World and in what later became New York City.