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RUBIN-COHEN / AMERICAN JEWISH FICTION BOOKS
193
T h e third volume of the author’s “Children of the Holocaust”
based on his early years in Europe. Each story focuses intensely
on a small incident in the life of a Jewish child, prisoner of the
Nazis. T h e author treats the psychological wanderings of the
characters, justice for the wicked, and the positive aspects of life
and the human character.
M
a l a m u d
, B
e r n a r d
.
D u b in ’s lives.
New York, Farrar, Straus, Giroux,
1979. 361 p.
Focuses on a middle-aged writer, Dubin , who is preparing
a biography of D. H. Lawrence, his failing marriage, an extra­
marital affair, and his relationship with his grown children. A l­
though Dubin is Jewish this fact is peripheral to the novel, unlike
Malamud’s earlier works.
M
a r c u s
, J
u l i a
.
Uncle.
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1978. 170 p.
Key scenes from the life of an unconventional Jewish protagon­
ist: a homosexual bachelor uncle sacrifices his own future to help
his incompetent brother. Later the uncle realizes all his efforts
are for naught and the future is worthy only of mourning.
M
a r k so n
, E
l a i n e
.
Hom e again home again.
New York, W illiam Mor­
row, 1978. 216 p.
An active widow living in Miami, involved in a healthy
romance, must change her plans when her two spoiled middle-
aged children move in with her taking refuge from their failing
marriages. Typical Jewish mama; light humor.
M
a r t in
, B
e r n a r d
.
Tha t man from Smyrna.
Middle Village, N.Y.,
Jonathan David, 1978. 339 p.
An historical novel based on the life of Shabbetai Zevi, leader
of the 17th-century Jewish messianic movement.
M
a x im o v
, V
l a d im i r
.
Farewell from nowhere.
Tr. by Michael Glenny.
New Yoxk, Doubleday, 1979. 408 p.
A Jewish youth in Stalinist Russia, a wanderer and later a
poet, develops permanent bonds to his Soviet homeland in spite
of his family’s harsh experiences there.
N
a h m a n
o f
B
r a t z l a v
.
Nahman of Bratslav: the tales.
Tr., introduc­
tion, and commentaries by Arnold J. Band. Preface by Joseph
Dan. New York, Paulist Press, 1978. xix, 340 p.
First complete English translation of the tales by this leader
of Hasidism in 18th-century Podolia and Ukraine, as told to his
disciple Nathan ben Naphtali. T h e stories are unique in Jewish
mystical literature and, according to Dan, are a spiritual auto­
biography expressed via the medium of folk tales. T h e extensive
commentaries by the editor render this an important edition.