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e w i s h
B
o o k
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n n u a l
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P
e a r lm a n
, R
o n n ie
.
The Monday man. New York, Stein & Day, 1970. 226 p.
This novel is full of unpleasant Jews, confused, mad and comical.
Ira Mittelman has a psychiatrist whom he meets every Monday. But he
is also carrying on with the psychiatrist’s wife, also on Mondays. In the
end, Mittelman is institutionalized. This is comedy?
R
othberg
, A
br a h am
.
The sword of the golem. New York, McCall, 1970. 232 p.
This is a folkloristic, imaginative recounting of the story of the Golem
created in Prague in the 16th century by Rabbi Judah Low. The Golem
created by Mr. Rothberg is only partially human but the longer he lives
he not only helps the Jewish people, he also becomes more human, a
development which has tragic consequences for him.
S
inger
, I
saac
B
ashev is
.
A friend of Kafka and other stories. New York, Farrar,
Straus & Giroux, 1970. 311 p.
Another fascinating collection of stories by one of the major Jewish
writers of our time. In this volume Mr. Singer includes quite a few
tales set in America, which is a variation for him.
S
inger
, S
a lly
M. For dying you always have time. New York, Putnam, 1970.
192 p.
A mystery and spy story set in Israel, with the heroine a Jewish girl
on a Hadassah tour in the Jewish State. It isn’t much of a spy story but
there is a sense of terrain and some humor, even though the melodrama
is laughable.
S
olom on
, R
uth
F
r eem a n
.
The eagle and the dove. New York, Putnam, 1971.
439 p.
An historical novel, one in a series by Mrs. Solomon, dealing with a
Jewish family in Russia.
S
ton e
, I
rving
.
The passions of the mind. New York, Doubleday, 1971. 808 p.
This massive biographical novel of Sigmund Freud has received notices
ranging from high praise down to heavy sneering. Nonetheless, it con-
tains six-years’ worth of Mr. Stone’s research into the life of one of the
great Jews of the 20th century.
S
wados
, H
arvey
.
Standing fast. New York, Doubleday, 1970. 656 p.
In this ambitious novel, Mr. Swados has dissected a group of liberals
who lived and fought for (and sometimes betrayed) their ideals during
and after World War II. Encompassing an important few decades in
American history, this novel also traces the lives of a variety of Jews:
liberals, leftists, Zionists and socialists. It is a valuable and important
novel unhappily overlooked by too many critics and readers.
T
a m m u z
, B
e n j a m in
.
Castle in Spain. New York, Richard W. Baron, 1970. unp.
A novel by an Israeli writer. It is a love story between an Israeli and
a middle-aged woman who settle in Spain. Translated from the Hebrew
by Joseph Schachter.
T
h om a s
, L
esl ie
.
Come to the war. New York, Scribners, 1970. 255 p.
An unexceptional novel set in Israel during the Six-Day War. An
English pianist happens to be in the country at the time and, while
falling in love with the now-standard Israeli beauty who also is a fierce
warrior, manages to see how the Jews emerge victorious.
U
ris
, L
e o n
.
QBVII. New York, Doubleday, 1970. 504 p.
Mr. Uris utilizes a libel case against himself to make the material for
his most recent novel. Both the case and novel are concerned with
German medical atrocities against Jews, so we have here, in another
guise, a novel on the Holocaust.