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DEBRA REED
American Jewish Fiction Books
1981-1982
A
ppelfeld
, A
h a r o n
.
The age of wonders.
Trans, from the Hebrew by Dalya
Bilu. Boston, Godine, 1981. 270 p.
A beautifully written novel o f a Jewish intellectual and his family
who cling to their Austrian homeland amidst the Final Solution.
Especially poignant is the child-narrator’s premonition o f the com­
ing Holocaust. A fitting follow-up
to Badenheim 1939.
B
ellow
, S
a u l
.
77^
dean's December.
New York, Harper and Row, 1981.312
P-
One o f our most prominent Jewish writers is remarkably indig­
nant and protesting in this latest novel set in Bucharest and Chicago.
A college dean and his wife (who defected twenty years before) try to
visit her dying mother in Rumania where they are beset by bureau­
cratic barriers, and where he has time to contemplate his troubled
situation back home.
B
e rm a n t
, C
h a im
.
The patriarch.
New York, St. Martin’s, 1981. 424 p.
Nahum Rabinovitz, later Raeburn, arrives in Scotland from Rus­
sia in 1892 to realize his father’s dreams. His long life, chronicled in
this Jewish comedy o f affairs, runs the gamut o f endeavors and
produces a rambunctious and far-flung clan.
B
l a ir
, L
e o n a
.
A womans place.
New York, Delacorte, 1981. 397 p.
Romantic and domestic troubles set in New York and Israel in
1928-1976. The Holocaust and Israel’s crises are exploited for this
tale o f two brothers and their women and children.
B
r a shler
, W
il l iam
.
The chosen prey.
New York, Harper
8c
Row, 1982. 368
P-
It is 1952 and young Jewish boys are being killed around a Lake
Michigan resort town. Anti-Semitism and police and press ethics
give this murder mystery an added dimension.
B
u r n sh a w
, S
t a n l e y
.
The refusers: an epic of the Jews.
New York, Horizon,
1981. 444 p.
A trilogy which seems more like a volume o f miscellaneous writ­
ings. The first part is the story o f Moses, portrayed as a skeptic. The
second is the story o f Uriel Da Costa, a 17th century Marrano who is
excommunicated, tormented, and finally driven to suicide. The last
is a portrait o f the author’s father, a German Jewish immigrant who
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