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HAROLD U. RIBALOW
American Jewish Fiction Books
1972-1973
A
mbler
, E
ric
.
The levanter.
New York, Atheneum, 1972. 307
p .
A veteran thriller writer knocks off another one, this time about
the Middle East and a Palestinian group planning to attack Israel.
B
ankow sky
, R
ichard
.
The barbarians at the gate.
Boston, Atlantic-
Little, Brown, 1972.
The story concerns a Nazi-occupied village in Poland during
World War II and a group of Jews who are to be moved to a
prison camp. There is crisis upon crisis and the author probes
the behavior of all sorts of people, Christians and Jews alike.
The tale ends in the Jews fighting back against their tormentors.
B
assan i
, G
iorgio
.
Behind the door.
New York, Harcourt Brace Jova-
novich, 1972. 150 p.
Again this brilliant, thoughtful Italian-Jewish novelist who
writes always of the Jews of Ferrara produces a sensitive account
of a young Jewish student who is made to feel an outsider by
a group of non-Jewish fellow students.
B
lack
, C
am pb el l
.
Death’s head.
Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1972. 288 p.
A substantive novel about a Nazi doctor who had participated
in experiments upon Jewish victims in concentration camps. The
Nazi is recognized by a Jewish survivor and a hunt ensues, with
a twist, because here it is the German who tries to get rid of the
Jew.
B
lankfort
, M
ichael
.
I didn’t know I would live so long.
New York,
Scribners, 1973. 224
p.
The story of an artist, Salem Malberg, who suffers through the
tortuous death of his father and, in the process, attempts to find
meaning in his own life.
B
lauste in
, E
sther
.
When momma was the landlord.
New York, Har-
per & Row, 1972. 201 p.
Miss Blaustein has elected to tell a true story in the novel form.
Her account is about her own devoted Jewish mother now stereo-
typed in our literature, and her experiences and adventures with
the tenants in the two rooming houses she runs.
C
harles
, G
erda
.
The destiny waltz.
New York, Scribners, 1972. 429
p .
Paul Saloman, a Jewish poet who had died young and obscure,