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AMERICAN JEWISH FICTION BOOKS
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K
o tlow itz
, R
o bert
.
T he boardwalk.
New York, Knopf, 1977. 275 p.
In the summer of 1939, Teddy Lewin, age 14, is a promising
pianist. Sloan’s is still the same Jewish family hotel in Atlantic
City which Teddy has known from previous vacations. But the
outbreak of war in Europe has changed the world irrevocably,
and Teddy is affected by this. A fine novel with a powerful sense
of ambience.
L
e v ian t
, C
u r t
.
The Yem en ite girl.
Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1977.
192 p.
An American translator who worships a Nobel Prize winning
Hebrew novelist spends a summer in Israel trying to deepen his
relationship with the famous man. The novelist, a master at al­
ternately wooing and spurning the advances of the American,
teases him mercilessly and hilariously. This first novel by a tal­
ented Jewish writer offers an interesting and accurate insider’s
glance at the machinations and absurdities attending the lives of
literary “giants” and the petty follies of the Hebrew literary scene
in Israel. It is very funny and very readable—a literary romp.
L
ustig
, A
rnost
.
Darkness casts no shadow.
Tr. by Jeanne Nemcova.
Washington, D.C., Inscape, 1977. 144 p.
A moving novel about two young boys who escape from a “death
train” on the way to Dachau and try to survive in the forests for
many weeks, fighting hunger and cold and the terror of being
found by the Nazis. Lustig, an outstanding Czech writer who now
lives in the United States, writes here of his own experiences as
a young man.
---- .
N igh t and hope.
Tr. by George Theiner. Washington, D.C. In­
scape, 1977. 206 p.
A collection of seven moving stories about children and old
people fighting to survive in the Terezin concentration camp in
Czechoslovakia. These stories, part of Lustig’s larger collection,
Children of the Holocaust,
was made into a film, "Transport from
Paradise,” awarded the Grand Prize of the Locarno Film Festival.
M
enaker
, D
a n ie l
.
Friends and relations.
New York, Doubleday, 1977.
167 p.
There is not a stale line or passage in this impressive first book
of short stories about New York bachelor life, sensitively observed
by a brilliant young Jewish writer. The first story about a broth­
er’s grief over the death of his own brother stands by itself as one
of the most loving and searing stories of its kind. In the other
stories, Menaker’s view is wry and distanced, with a proper bal­
ance of understanding and irony.