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the moral is that evil is punished and righteousness is rewarded.
Previously published in Canada as
H anging threads.
R
o s t e n
, L
e o
.
Silky; a de tec tive story.
New York, Harper and Row,
1979. 240 p.
Humorous private-eye mystery, with a “love” affair added for
good measure. Moving conclusion. No Jewish message but liberally
sprinkled with Yiddishisms.
R
o t h
, P
h i l i p
.
The ghost writer.
New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
1979. 179 p.
An aspiring Jewish writer seeks spiritual direction from a suc­
cessful author during a two-day visit. Roth explores the conflicts
between art on the one hand, and family obligations, human social
needs, and Jewish loyalty, on the other.
S
a t z
, M
a r io
.
Sol.
Trans, from Spanish by Helen R. Lane. New York,
Doubleday, 1979. 432 p.
Reminiscenses of a man, now in Jerusalem, addressing the wom­
an he loves. Th is stream-of-consciousness narrative contains little
action but is an adventure of ideas. The author is an Argentine
poet.
S
c h n e id e r
, N
i n a
.
The woman who lived in a prologue.
Boston,
Houghton Mifflin Co., 1980. 479 p.
A woman in her 70’s recounts her life, beginning as an upper-
class immigrant early in the century. She regrets having been
pushed into traditional female roles without knowing enough
to object; now she is ready to live her life for herself.
S
h o l o m
A
l e i c h e m
.
The best of Sholom Aleichem .
Ed. by Irving Howe
and Ruth R. Wisse. Washington, D.C., New Republic Books, 1979.
xxvii, 276 ip.
Twenty-three stories including twelve new translations and three
stories never before in English. Introductory evaluation of the
author appears in the form of correspondence between the two
editors.
S
i l m a n
, R
o b e r t a
.
Boundaries.
Boston, Little, Brown, 1979. 273 p.
A young assimilated Jewish woman with three children in
suburbia tries to resolve a host of conflicts after her husband’s
death. Her friendship with an ex-German, son of a Nazi, shows
that society’s prejudices cause children to suffer for their parents’
sins.
S
in g e r
, I
sa a c
B
a s i ie v i s
.
O ld love.
New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
1979. 273 p.
A collection of stories set in the shtetl, modern New York, T e l
Aviv, and Brazil, mainly dealing with the emotions of the middle-
aged and the old.