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long title story deals with an emotionally crippled and isolated
woman left by her refugee parents in a mental hospital who sud­
denly find herself in the outside world. Winner of the William
and Janice Epstein Award o f the Jewish Book Council for a book
of Jewish fiction.
K operw a s , Sam.
Westchester bull.
New York, Simon and Schuster, 1976.
223 p.
A pungent comic novel about a Jewish football player from
Brooklyn who encounters traditional and untraditional anti-
Semitism and many other problems besides.
Lev in , Ir a .
The boys from Brazil.
New York, Random House, 1975.
312 p.
A suspense novel about a secret organization of ex-Nazis living
in Brazil who conspire to form a fourdi Reich under the direction
of the chief doctor at Auschwitz.
M a rk ish , Dav id .
A new world for Simon Ashkenazy.
New York, Dutton,
1976. 287 p.
One o f the important books of the year, written by the son
of the late Yiddish poet Peretz Markish, killed by Stalin in 1952.
Markish, who lives in Israel, writes of a fifteen-year old Jewish
boy exiled from Moscow to a primitive village in Soviet Asia
where there are several Jewish families. His dream is to see his
father again and emigrate to Israel. A powerful and original novel.
N issenson , H u gh .
My own ground.
New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
1975. 181 p.
Orchard Street on the lower East Side in 1912 is the setting for
this novel about Jewish prostitutes and pimps. Genuine atmosphere
of immigrant life and a sense of the self-destructiveness o f people
trapped by fate. A first novel by this fine short-story writer.
Oz,
Am os .
Unto death.
New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975.
167 p.
Two novellas about anti-Semitism and Jewish fears and anxieties
by a prominent Israeli writer, one set in the Middle Ages and
the other in Israel today. In “ Crusades,” a French nobleman and
his followers set out to kill Jews in Jerusalem in 1096. “ Late Love”
explores the obsessive fears of an old Israeli that the Jews face
another holocaust.
O z ic k , C y n th ia .
Bloodshed and three novellas.
New York, Knopf, 1975.
178 p.
Stories displaying Ozick’s ingenious gifts in diverse ways. A
Hasidic community is visited by an unbelieving Jew; stories with­
in stories make up a story about the nature of storytelling; a
young girl gives up a fellowship to serve as a maid to an exploita­