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1983 NAT IONAL JEW ISH BOOK AWARDS
287
F ICT ION
W
il l iam
a n d
J
a n ic e
E
p s t e in
A
w a r d
Temple
by R obe rt G reen f ie ld (Summ it Books)
R ob e r t G reen f ie ld follows the classical lines o f the fines t o f
Am e rican novels: th e e n d o f ch ildhood , th e u n c e r ta in sexual an d
m o ra l se lf o f f on a sp iritua l odyssey. H e add s a Jew ish d im en s ion
to these them es an d accomplishes th e rem a rkab le task o f
com b in ing b itte rn e ss with w onde r , heresy with sanctity, and
satiric wit with lyric lam en t. We sha re with his h e ro , Paulie B indel,
th e most p ro fo u n d love an d respec t fo r the trad itiona l Jew ish
e x p e r ien c e while c r ing ing with him at th e impossible c o r ru p t io n s
o f o rd in a ry life.
JUDGES:
T hom a s Lask,
Literary Critic',
E s th e r N ussbaum ,
Librar­
ian',
A nne Ro iphe ,
Author.
HOLOCAUST
L
e o n
J
o l so n
A
w a r d
None Is Too Many
by Irv ing Abella and H a ro ld T ro p e r (L ester &
O rp e n Dennys, R andom House)
T h e au tho r s have b rok en new g ro u n d in te lling the story abou t
C an ad a and the Jew s from 1933 to 1948. I t is a story th a t was little
know n yet deserves a wide h ea ring . T h e book is tho rough ly
re s e a rch ed and a t th e same time is a h is to ry th a t is bo th readab le
an d accessible. I t will rem a in the book on its subject fo r the
fo reseab le fu tu re .
JUDGES:
Michael R. M a rru s ,
Author',
Alvin Rosenfeld ,
Indiana
University,
Sylvia R o thch ild ,
Author.
ISRAE L
M
o r r is
J .
a n d
B
e t t y
K
a p l u n
M
em o r ia l
A
w ard
Among Lions
by J . R o b e r t M o sk in
A carefu lly do cum e n te d work th a t is w ritten with the dispas-
sion o f a scientist an d a t th e same time with th e passion o f a nove l­
ist. A f te r all the m any , m any books on Is rae l on the subject o f
J e ru sa lem we have re ad , an d con tinu e to re ad , it m an aged to
touch us deep ly , an d a t the same tim e to evoke the story o f
J e ru s a lem in those inc red ib le days o f J u n e 1967 — w hen the
an c ien t, holy an d his toric city was b o u n d u p an d becam e one
aga in .