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sleeper agents among the emigres. T h e author has smuggled Jew
ish dissident literature out of Russia.
e m e l m a n
, H
a r r y
Thursday the R a b b i wa lked out.
New York,
Morrow, 1978. 250 p.
T h e last day of the week in the Rabbi David Small mystery
series, this time invo lv ing the question of wom en’s role in the
Synagogue and solving the murder of a wealthy anti-Semite.
a n i l o
A tom b for Boris Dav idov ich .
Tr. by Duska Mikic-
Mitchell. New York, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1978. 135 p.
Seven separate stories describe the fates of seven Jews dedicated
to a revolutionary cause, each of a different country. Terse and
blunt, the stories are literary renderings based on cores of truth.
D espite each character’s devotion, revolutionary and Stalinist
treachery resulted in each one sacrificing his life.
a n g l e y
, L
e e
From the broken tree.
New York, Dutton , 1978. 402 p.
Another family saga beg inn ing w ith a strong-willed young
woman in a Polish shtetl forced to flee after a pogrom. She moves
to London ’s East End and later to America with financial success.
Treats problems of family ties, religion and assimilation.
e w i n
, S
a m u e l
The tu rn ing of the tide.
Tr. from Yiddish by Joseph
Leftwich. South Brunswick, N.J., A. J. Barnes, 1978. 232. p.
T h e novel begins with the folktale of a poor but pious shtetl
man suddenly being revealed as one of the 36 “lamed-vavniks”
(righteous m e n ) . His memory becomes a local legend in suc­
ceeding generations, but as the hasidic shtetl is transformed into
an active industrial town, faith in God is replaced by Socialism
and Zionism, and the clash of generations and values begins in
i p p i n c o t t
, D
a v id
Salt mine.
New York, Viking, 1979. 333 p.
A motley crew of Soviet dissidents, includ ing Jews, holds tourists
hostage in the Kremlin Museum. They demand freedom for all
dissidents in Soviet prisons, an end to Soviet censorship and free
emigration for Jews.
i t t e l l
, R
o b e r t
M o ther Russia.
New York, Harcourt, Brace, Jova­
novich, 1978. 192 p.
Littell has created a spunky Jewish hustler, Robespierre Isaye-
vich Provdin, probably unbelievable to readers who have experi­
enced Soviet life, but nevertheless an irresistibly appealing charac­
ter. Despite the humor, the novel is dead serious about the harsh
realities of Russian governmental bureaucracy and suppression of
u st ig
, A
r n o s t
D iamonds of the night.
b y
Jeanne Nemcova.
Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, Inscape, 1978. 234 p.