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present volume, the hero heads an art gallery in New York and
is building an art center in Israel. There is much plotting and a
good deal of “Jewish” material.
Lukas, Susan Ries.
Fat Emily.
New
York,
Stein
& Day, 1974. 203 p.
A novel about a Jewish girl, her “Jewish” mother and her
lover, an Israeli.
L u s t ig , A r n o s t .
A prayer for Katerina Horovitzova.
New York, Harper
& Row, 1973. 165 p.
A powerful novel about a group of 21 individuals who are
prisoners of the Germans during World War II and who are
trapped in a train standing in a yard next to a Polish concentration
camp. Twenty are Europeans with American passports; the twenty-
first is a 19-year-old Polish girl. Corruption, bribery, the shadow
of the camps all are part of the horrible tale, told by a Czech
Jewish writer who survived some of the most infamous of the camps.
M a l o f f , S a u l .
Heartland.
New York, Scribners, 1973. 279 p.
Isaiah Greene is a Jewish “intellectual” who finds himself
lecturing in a college full of shiksas. His girl friend is a Shoshana
MacDonald, who loves Jews, all Jews. It is hard reading.
M i c h e n e r , Jam e s .
Firstfruits.
Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society,
1973. 344 p.
A collection of fifteen short stories representing “a harvest of
25 years of Israeli writing.” There is a foreword by Chaim Potok.
While Mr. Michener is not a specialist in the field, he has produced
a useful volume.
M i l l s t e i n , G i l b e r t .
The late Harvey Grosbeck.
New York, Doubleday,
1974. 288 p.
A Jewish newspaperman in New York in 1970 is the alienated
hero of this novel.
N eu g eb o ren , Tay.
Sam’s legacy.
New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston,
1974. 370 p.
A voyage through an American-Jewish life, with Sam and Ben
Berman, son and father, living in Brooklyn. It is a many-leveled
novel by a thoughtful, not-sufficiently-recognized Jewish creative
writer.
Oz,
Amos.
Elsewhere, perhaps.
New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,
1973. 309 p.
Mr. Oz, one of Israel’s best novelists, has given us here (in
translation from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange in collaboration
with the au thor), a slow-moving but astute description of life in a
kibbutz. Mr. Oz manages to follow the lives of many individuals
in the settlement and to tell us a good deal about social life and
problems in Israel.