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from the confines of rabbinical authority without abandoning
Judaism. Livniczer forms a secular study group, is expelled from
rabbinical school, and is forced to leave the town and settle in
Berlin. A rare portrait of the religious and social world of Hun­
garian Jewry almost seventy years ago. This is the first of Ujvari’s
eighteen books to be translated into English.
Y e h o s h u a ,
A. B.
Early in the summ er of 1970.
Tr. by Miriam Arad
and Pauline Shrien. New York, Doubleday, 1977. 165 p.
Three stories by one of Israel’s best younger writers focusing
on the futility of war and the damage it has inflicted upon Israel’s
population. Yehoshua, writing in a bare, unadorned style, cap­
tures a sense of malaise, weariness, emotional frustration, and des­
olation—the results of Israel’s continuing struggle for survival
against murderous enemies.
W a n d e r , F r ed .
The seven th well.
Tr. from German by Marc Linder.
New York, International Publishers, 1976. Paperback. 146 p.
The author, who was born in Vienna and was interned in
Buchenwald, records the day to day life of the Jewish prisoners
in the camps and presents moving pen portraits of several inmates.
Z e l d i s , C h a y y m .
Brothers.
New York, Random House, 1976. 512 p.
An action-filled novel set in the time of Jesus, in Judea under
Rome, with Judas as protagonist. A large canvas, filled with sus­
penseful subplots and adventure. Zeldis’ Jesus story is an updated
one, with modern slang and vernacular.