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G
r e e n b e r g
, M
a r i l y n
.
The rabbi’s life contract.
New York: Doubleday,
1983. 264 p.
A rabbi and his wife return from a sabbatical year in Israel and are
informed that the congregation wishes to dismiss him. The rabbi’s
struggle to retain his position is portrayed alongside the controversy
that his dismissal causes.
G
r e e n f e l d
, J
o s h
.
The return of Mr. Hollywood.
New
Y o r k :
Doubleday,
1984. 310 p.
A witty book about a film maker in trouble with money and
himself, trying to get a new project off the ground and lose weight.
Beset by enormous personal problems, he returns to the scenes of
his Brooklyn childhood which break and reform him.
G
r o s s
, J
o e l
.
This year in Jerusalem.
New York: Putnam, 1983. 304 p.
Jerusalem of 1947. An American woman falls in love with a leader
of the Jewish resistance. An adventure set against the backstreets of
Palestine, the kibbutz, and Manhattan.
H
e r r i c k
, W
i l l ia m
.
Kill memory.
New York: New Directions, 1983. 134 p.
This is the third volume of Herrick’s terrorist trilogy. The novel
follows the daily life and ruminations of an elderly woman, once a
member of the old Stalinist political network, now alone in Paris save
for her memories.
H
e y m
, S
t e f a n
.
The wandering Jew.
New York: Holt, Rhinehart and
Winston, 1984. 298 p.
Ahasverus, the eternal outcast, has Lucifer as a travelling com­
panion on this odyssey from Jesus’ time to today. The central narra­
tive is set in Luther’s Germany, in the context o f rising anti-
Semitism.
I
s a a c s
, S
u s a n
.
Almostparadise.
New York: Harper and Row, 1984. 500 p.
The marriage between a Jewish woman of low birth and a Gentile
aristocrat. They start out happily in a cold-water flat in Hell’s
Kitchen, but a family scandal shatters their domestic bliss.
J
a b e s
, E
d m o n d
.
The book of questions: Yael, Elya, Aely.
Trans, by Rosmarie
Waldrop. Middletown, C T : Wesleyan University Press, 1984. 337 p.
Volumes 4-6 (in one vplume) of a seven-volume work originally
published in France. A response to the problem of writing after the
Holocaust. The underlying tale is of two young lovers deported to a
concentration camp, one of whom returns insane.
L
e l c h u k
, A
lan
and
G
e r sh o n
S
h a r e d
,
eds.
Eight great Hebrew short nov­
els.
New York: New American Library, 1983. 392 p.
Eight selections of Hebrew fiction, including pieces by Uri Nissan
Gnessin, David Fogel, Yitzhak Shami, Joshua Knaz, S. Y. Agnon,
Amos Oz, and A. B. Yehoshua. Representative, expressive of the
amazing variety of literary styles and themes present in Hebrew fic­
tion.