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AMER I C AN JEWI SH F I CT I ON BOOKS
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By
H
arold
U.
R
iba l o w
Alman ,
D
avid
.
Generations. Chicago, Henry Regnery,
1971. 346
p .
This is the tale of a Jewish East Side peddler, with a wife who sur­
vived the Holocaust and children who are troubled.
A
rnold
, E
lliott
.
Forests of the night. New York, Scribners, 1971. 344 p.
A German Jew, who helped bomb his home town as an RAF bomber,
returns to Germany and discovers, among other things, a revival of
neo-Nazism.
A
xelrod
, G
eorge
.
Where am I now—when I need me? New York, Viking,
1971. 177 p.
Mr. Axelrod is a popular comic writer, mainly for the stage. Here
lie tries a novel. His hero is a 46-year-old writer, Harvey Bernstein, “a
failed writer,” with a family that affords him very little pleasure.
B
armash
, I
sadore
.
Net Net. New York, Macmillan, 1972. 315
p .
A1 Miller is one of those remarkable merchants who creates an error
mous discount store chain. He is Jewish and so are many of his cohorts.
Mr. Barmash, a financial writer, tries his hand successfully at fiction,
depicting the rise of a merchandising empire and how a handful of
Jewish businessmen have changed the face of American business.
B
assani
, G
orgio
.
Five stories of Ferrara. Trans, by William Weaver. New
York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971. 203 p.
This Italian-Jewish writer has produced an impressive body of work
about the Jews of Ferrara. These five tales and his novels as well are
brilliant and evocative. Four of these five stories deal with a bloody
episode in 1943 when Nazi and Blackshirt troops occupied Northern
Italian cities and half the Jewish population of Ferrara was deported.
B
irstein
, A
nn
.
Summer situations. New York, Coward, McCann and
Geoghegan, 1972. 171 p.
Miss Birstein, who has studied them closely, has produced penetrating
fictional studies of middle-class women trapped in their society. She has
written three separate novellas, with much the same theme, and some
of her victims are Jewish.
B
randow
, T
heo
.
Close to Saturday. Philadelphia, Whitmore, 1971. 146 p.
A Jewish boy grows up in an anti-Semitic environment.
D
avis
, M
aggie
.
Rommel’s gold. Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1971. 416 p.
A thriller about a German treasure-hunter and an Israeli Nazi-hunter.
D
octorow
,
E. L. The book of Daniel. New York, Random, 1971. 303 p.
An intriguing novel about a young man whose parents (like the
Rosenbergs) were executed as spies during the McCarthy era. Their
son remembers his childhood, how it happened and how the tragedy has
affected his sister and himself.
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