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situations described in the Bible and rabbinic literature; others
take place in the contemporary Jewish milieu. In the title-story,
Solomon’s famous decision about the baby symbolizes the conflict
between his religious and political endeavors.
K
a p l a n
, J
o h a n n a
.
O my America.
New York, Harper and Row, 1980.
286 p.
T h e life of an iconoclast writer is seen through the eyes of his
daughter during his funeral. Originally from New York’s lower
East Side, he scorned the establishment yet was in love with Ameri­
can culture.
K
a t t a n
, N
a im
.
Farewell, Babylon.
Trans, by Sheila Fischman.
N e w
York, Taplinger, 1980. 192 p.
An Iraqi-Jewish student reconciles himself to the necessity of
emigration as a post-1948 farhoud (pogrom) undermines the
Jewish community. His love of Arabic literature and the land of
his birth contrast with the political realities.
K
a u f e l t
, D
a v id
A.
Late bloomer.
New York, Harcourt Brace Jo-
vanovich, 1979. 242 p.
The romantic adventures of a Jewish widow on the pool and
bingo scene at a Florida retirement home.
K
a y e
, M
a r v in
.
My brother the druggist.
New York, Doubleday, 1979.
184 p.
Light entertainment about a Jewish bachelor pharmacist in
Manhattan’s upper West side who finds himself involved in a
kidnapping.
K
o s s o f f
, D
a v id
.
A small town is a world.
New York, St. Martin’s Press,
1979. 188 p.
Vignettes about the shtetl world, but the modernized language
lacks the shtetl flavor. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem,
Mendele Mocher Seforim, and I. L. Peretz.
K
u n ic z a k
,
W. S.
The march.
Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday and Co.,
1979. 824 p.
A saga of Polish struggles for survival beginning with the Ger­
man invasion in 1939 and continuing through the Stalinist era.
Both Jewish and Gentile characters are involved.
L
e
P
o r r ie r
, H
e r b e r t
.
The doctor from Cordova.
Trans, from the
French by Barbara Wright. Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday and
Co., 1979. 280 p.
Fictionalized “autobiography” of the great Jewish philosopher
and halakhic authority Maimonides.
L
e a t h e r
, E
d w i n
.
The Mozart score.
Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday
and Co., 1979. 177 p.
An Israeli nuclear scientist disappears in Austria after his Arab