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conditions aboard ship. A skillful and graceful novel.
M
oo rc o c k
, M
ic h a e l
.
Byzantium endures: a novel.
New York, Random 1982.
373 p.
The memoirs o f a character haunted by his Jewishness portray
vividly the periods o f pre- and post-Revolutionary Russia.
M
o r g u l a s
. J
e rro l d
.
The twelfth power o f evil.
New York, Seaview, 1981 .448
P-
Compelling fiction based on the daring but unsuccessful efforts o f
the Jewish Resistance to save Hungarian Jews. A U.S. oil company
conspires with U.S. diplomats and officials to prevent the bombing
o f the rail lines leading to Auschwitz.
N
e ug eb o r e n
, J
a y
.
The stolen Jew.
New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston,
1981. 322 p.
Nathan Malkin, a new immigrant to Israel, is called back to Brook­
lyn upon the suicide o f his brother and is forced to try to resolve the
life he tried to leave behind him. Inspired by his nephew, the two
plan to go to the Soviet Union in an attempt to aid Soviet Jewry.
Interwoven into this story is a novel o f Russian-Jewish life written by
Nathan when he was young.
P
e set sky
, B
e t t e
.
Stories up to a point.
New York, Knopf, 1982. 113 p.
A collection o f stories narrated by a much-married, much-
divorced, middle-aged Jewish woman who sets down her (and
everyone else’s) incapacities.
P
ilcer
, S
o n ia
.
Maiden rites.
New York, Viking, 1982. 290 p.
Hannah Wolfe and Moshe Wozinsky are the characters in this
evocation o f the yearning that young outer-borough New Yorkers
feel for the mythic life in “The City.” A delightful, bitter-sweet novel
about post-adolescent adventures and funny sex fumbles.
P
o t o k
, C
h a im
.
The book o f lights.
New York, Knopf, 1981. 370 p.
The story o f the dark and baffling inner journey o f a morose,
orphaned rabbinical student who takes on a Kabbalah scholar as his
mentor and is influenced by his roommate who is struggling with his
own nightmares. Excited by mystical texts and eventually living in
the Far East, his visions combine with his roommate’s nightmare o f
the bomb to constitute the novel’s emotional climax.
P
o v e rm a n
,
C.E.
Solomon's daughter.
New York, Viking, 1981. 268 p.
Before the accident which left her paralyzed, Rose Solomon re­
jected her Jewishness, married a gentile, and was cruel to her family.
After the accident, she is equally cruel, driving her parents to de­
spair in their care for her, driving her brother furious in his hatred
for her. A powerful family tragedy.
R
ezzor i
, G
regor
v o n
.
Memoirs of an anti-semite: a novel inf iv e stories.
Trans,
by Joachim Neugroschel. New York, Viking, 287 p.
Five independent but related stories trace the life o f a Romanian