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Oz,
A
m o s
.
The h ill of ev il counsel; three stories.
Tr. by N icholas de
Lange. New York, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1978. 210 p.
Three om inous stories o f the young boy Uri grow ing up in
Mandatory Palestine. U r i’s day-dreams of biblical heroism are
juxtaposed with the political and military realities.
R
o m a n
, E
r ic
.
A year as a lion .
New York, Stein and Day, 1978. 231 p.
In this thriller an American-Jewish professor, survivor of World
War II, longs for a chance to work actively and daringly for a
Jewish cause. He is given the opportunity when he is asked to be
a spy in Hungary and later pose as a famous Jewish poet re­
leased from behind the Iron Curtain.
R
o u t t e n b e r g
, M
a x
J.
Once in a m inyan , and o ther stories.
New York,
Ktav, 1977. 166 p.
A lively selection of ten stories dealing with the contemporary
Jewish scene. Some of the more poignant moments occur when
halaklia conflicts with what seems natural.
S
c h u l t z
, B
r u n o
.
Sanatorium under the sign of the hourglass.
Tr. by
Celina Wieniewska. New York, Walker, 1978. 178 p.
A young boy sketches his family and neighborhood surroundings
in a small Polish town, exh ib iting his psychological meanderings
and self-discovery. T h e later stories demonstrate the author’s sad­
ness and loneliness as the Nazis took power in Poland; they
killed him in 1942. Illustrated by the author by means of a unique
etching process.
S
c h w a r t z
, D
e l m o r e
.
In dreams begin re sponsib ilities and o ther stories.
Ed. with an introduction by James Atlas. New York, New D irec­
tions, 1978. xxi, 202 p.
Eight of Schwartz’s best stories. They describe the question ing
and a lienation of urban m iddle class intellectuals in America dur­
ing the 1930s and 40s, children of Jewish immigrants from Europe.
S
in g e r
, I
s a a c
B
a s h e v i s
.
Shosha.
New York, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1978.
278 p.
Set in Poland between the world wars, this is the story of
a young writer confused about politics and religion , love and
morals. He finally marries his illiterate and somewhat retarded
childhood playmate, Shosha.
S
p i r a u x
, A
l a i n
.
T im e out.
Tr. by Frances Keene. New York, T im es
Books, 1978. 186 p.
A nine-year-old boy, son of Polish immigrants, lives in a run­
down section of Paris. T h e boy has bizarre and disturbing self-hate
daydreams, and he battles with young anti-Semites and a spoiled
cousin. But his “b ig” problems became meaningless in the face
o f the Nazi invasion.