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promiscuity, may be already on the way to becoming out-of-date?
Is there perhaps a foreshadowing of what is coming in a review
of
Satan in Goray
by Barnett Litvinoff in the
Jewish Chronicle?
Bashevis Singer, he writes, “has black magic to describe, a beautiful
woman to rape, a savage civilization to parody, a dybbuk to be
exorcised. What the novel aches for and is denied is the establish­
ment of a human situation, adequate characterization. As a result
we dislike every one of Goray’s wretched denizens, and we put
the novel down with the uncomfortable feeling that we have
been bored.”