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INA M. RUBIN-COHEN
American Jewish Fiction Books
1978-1979
A
j a r
, E
m i l e
.
Momo.
Tr. by Ralph Manheim. Garden City, N.Y.,
Doubleday, 1978. 182 p.
A tale of mutual devotion between an abandoned Arab boy and
an elderly Jewish woman, formerly a prostitute. T h e environment
is a seedy section of Paris where loyalty, love and joy burst through
the sordid poverty.
B
a b e l
, I
s a a c
.
The forgo tten prose.
Ed. and tr. by Nicholas Stroud.
Ann Arbor, Mich., Ardis, 1978. 143 p.
Short stories and memoirs selected because they have been
supressed in the Soviet Un ion . T h e works describe poverty,
despair and the cheapening of life: the suffering caused by sudden
political and econom ic change.
B
a r t o v
, H
a n o c h
.
Who’s li t t le boy are you.
Tr. by H ille l Halkin.
Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society, 1978. 354 p.
T h e Yishuv in the 1920s and 30s (Arab riots, mass immigration,
a vacillating economy) is described through the eyes of a young
boy, son of Orthodox immigrants from Poland. T h e boy first
sees himself in terms of a Jew modeled after his traditional father;
as he develops he sees himself as an Israeli “nationa l,” modeled
after his uncle, the pioneer farmer-guard.
B
e r m a n t
, C
h a i m
.
Now Nexvman -was old.
New York, St. Martin’s
Press, 1978. 197 p.
An assimilated British Jew retires from his garment import busi­
ness. Part one, m ildly humorous, describes his boredom with
retirement—until he discovers “other women .” Part two describes
his tragic downfall.
B
l o n d
, A
n t h o n y
.
Family business.
New York, Harper and Row, 1978.
431 p.
A Jewish British family saga, focusing on Sir Ezra Stirling’s
(formerly Steimatsky, of Poland) effort to maintain the family’s
industrial empire. After the Six-Day War, Ezra makes an about-
face and becomes a Zionist.
B
r o n e r
,
E. M.
A weave of women .
New York, Holt, Rinehart and
Winston, 1978. 296 p.
Women of all ages from the fringes of society, living in a home
of so-called “wayward” women in the Old City of Jerusalem, find
strength in the socially radical community they create.
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