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long, and doubtless uncompletable,
search—
through war ravaged
Europe, ancestral villages in Europe, Eretz, etc.—marks what is
perhaps best and most widely applicable in this major writer.
Who am I? What is God? L e t us first consider our brothers,
wherever they may be scattered.
So might Walt Whitman have
written. This is what Levin wrote, near the end of
In Search
(Pocket Books, pp. 542-43): “Again and again in my life I lived
and created in my stories the myth of the search, the search for
roots, the search for one’s people, the search for the father, and
I worked best when I answered it through identification with my
people, as some find in coming to God.”
Have I repeated myself, in these five Levinian character types?
Are they all merely overlapping parts of one basic approach to
life and cosmic uncertainty? I think not. There has always been
more to Levin than meets the eye, just as there always has been
in the case of habitual stumblers, tireless wayfarers, and cryers
in the wilderness.