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the lives of Jews if they do not stop contributing to Israel’s sur­
vival.
H
offenberg
, J
ack
.
17 Ben-Gurion .
New York, Putnam, 1976. 479 p.
Israeli intelligence and counter-terror commandos are pitted
against a well-financed, ruthless Arab terrorist gang.
H
ow e
, I
rving
and
G
reenberg
, E
l iezer
,
editors.
Ashes ou t of hope:
fiction by Soviet Y iddish writers.
New York, Schocken, 1977. 218 p.
A valuable selection of work by major writers who were mur­
dered by Stalin, including David Bergelson, Moshe Kulbak and
Der Nister (Pinhas Kahanowich).
H
ow e
, I
rv ing
.
Jewish-American stories.
New York, Mentor-New Amer­
ican Library, 1977. Paperback. 472 p.
A fine selection of stories by Jewish writers from Sholom Alei-
chem and Isaac Babel to Woody Allen and Johanna Kaplan,
from Henry Roth and Delmore Schwartz to Saul Bellow and Phil­
ip Roth. Also included are Daniel Fuchs, Grace Paley, Cynthia
Ozick, Bernard Malamud, and many others, and some lesser-
known but good writers such as Meyer Liben and Michael Seide.
Howe has not made the obvious choices; instead he has made
some of the best, including Ozick’s “Envy; Or, Yiddish in Amer­
ica,” T illie Olen’s “Tell Me a Riddle,” and Delmore Schwartz’s
unforgettable “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities.”
K
a p l a n
, H
ow ard
.
The Damascus cover.
New York. Dutton, 1977. 257 p.
An Israeli agent sneaks into Syria to rescue the children of the
leaders of the Damascus Jewish community. Chilling portrayals
of the Syrian secret police and the ex-Nazis who assist them.
K
atz
, H
erbert
M.
N ico le tte .
New York, Arbor House, 1976. 172 p.
Crises in the life of a middle-aged couple, David and Janet
Kramer. David is involved in a serious affair with “Nicolette,”
the beautiful Elizabeth Ryan. All turns out well in the end.
K
em m e lm a n
, H
arry
.
Wednesday the rabb i go t we t.
New York, Mor­
row, 1976. 312 p.
The basics of Judaism are summed up while solving the mys­
tery of an unprincipled old man who died of an allergic reaction
to medicine.
K
onecky
, E
d ith
.
A llegra M aud Goldman .
New York, Harper and
Row, 1976. 174 p.
A first novel, talented but flawed. It projects Allegra Maud
Goldman as she grows up in the upper middle-class Jewish sec­
tion of Brooklyn in pre-World War Two. We follow her from
age 3 to 13, but she is so precocious and bitter that it seems as
if an adult feminist had been grafted onto the body and soul of
a very young girl.