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Jewish thinker who was raised as a Marrano and later discovered he
was a Jew. He fled to Holland where he began to doubt the value of
Judaism and was eventually banished from the Jewish community.
N
eshamit
, S
arah
.
The children of Mapu street. Philadelphia, Jewish Pub-
lication Society, 1970. 324 p.
A novel about a Jewish family trapped in Kovno, Lithuania, during
World War I I . Translated from the Hebrew by David S. Segal.
N
eugeboren
, J
ay
.
Corky5
s
brother. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
1969. 261 p.
A well-regarded novelist and story-teller, Mr. Neugeboren here offers
a collection of his tales, dealing with Jews, Negroes, Italians and Puerto
Ricans in Brooklyn.
P
otok
, C
haim
.
The promise. New York, Knopf, 1969. 359 p.
A sequel to the national best-selling
The Chosen,
this book continues
the story of Reuven Malter, who has become a rabbi, and Danny Saun-
ders, the former Hasid who is now a clinical psychologist. Together,
utilizing religion and science, the young men save the life of a disturbed
Jewish boy.
R
abikovitz
, D
alia
.
The new Israeli writers. New York, Sabra Books, 1969.
320 p.
This is an anthology of 14 stories by Israeli authors, most of them
unknown here, bu t also including work by Moshe Shamir, S. Yizhar,
Aharon Megged and Nathan Shaham. Although the editor offers the
stories as the product of young and contemporary story-tellers, not many
of the writers are young and the stress is not on recent Israeli problems.
R
ayner
, W
illiam
.
The last days. New York, William Morrow, 1969. 298 p.
In what may appear to be a trend in historical writing, here is still
another recent novel based on the siege of Masada, which brought to a
conclusion the Jewish rebellion against Rome in the first century.
R
ibalow
, H
arold
U. My name aloud. New York, Yoseloff, 1969. 560 p.
An anthology of 38 stories by American Jewish writers on Jewish life
in the United States and abroad. Contributors include Charles Angoff,
Jerome Charyn, Stanley Elkin, Richard Elman, Seymour Epstein,
Bernard Malamud, Henry Roth, Philip Roth and Isaac Bashevis Singer.
R
i c h l e r
, M
o r d e c a i
.
Cocksure. New York, Simon and Schuster,
1 9 6 9 . 2 5 0 p .
Mr. Richler5s latest novel, like earlier ones, is a colorful bu t some-
what distasteful story about a Hollywood promotor who, through busi-
ness dealings, becomes involved with all sorts of Jews.
R
ubens
, B
ernice
.
Chosen people. New York, Atheneum, 1969. 275
p.
Bernice Rubens is a British-Jewish writer and for her fourth novel she
has elected to deal with a tragedy-ridden Jewish family, headed by a
Rabbi Zweck. I t is a tale heavily loaded with unhappy people, possessive
parents, children who never grow up and abnormal sexuality.
R
uskay
, S
ophie
.
The jelly woman. New York, A.
S.
Barnes, 1970. 169
p.
Mrs. Ruskay’s book contains short stories, a “playlette” and “mono-
logues” . Some are Jewish in theme and many are autobiographical.
S
amelson
, W
illiam
.
All lie in wait. Englewood Cliffs, N .J., Prentice-Hall,
1969. 252 p.
An autobiographical novel about World War I I , the destruction of
Jewish communities in Europe, Jewish resistance and death and sur-
vival.