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L
i s h
, G
o r d o n
.
What I know so far.
New York: Holt, Rhinehart and
Winston, 1984. 162 p.
A collection of eighteen short stories and sketches, mostly mono­
logues delivered by first-person narrative. O f special interest is “For
Jerom e — with love and kisses,” which treats the Jewish father.
M
a l a m u d
, B
e r n a r d
.
The stories of Bernard Malamud.
New York: Farrar ,
Straus and Giroux, 1983. 350 p.
A volume o f twenty-five stories chosen and arranged by the au­
thor; twenty-three have been published in previous collections.
Malamud’s work is reflected from 1950 to the present.
O
z i c k
, C
y n t h i a
.
The cannibal galaxy.
New York: Knopf, 1983. 162 p.
A French Jew saved in WW2 by nuns, Joseph Brill is now the sour
principal o f a small primary school in the Middle West. His lofty ide­
als eventually decline, as does he. Though dense reading, this is a
beautifully told story of a teacher’s attempt to discover meaning in
his personal and professional life.
P
e n n e r
, J
o n a t h a n
.
Private parties.
Pittsburgh: University o f Pittsburgh
Press, 1983. 197 p.
A collection of stories which focus mostly on affluent, assimilated
Jews and explores their conflicts with traditional moral values.
R
o s s h a n d l e r
, F
e l i c i a
.
Passing through Havana.
New York: St. Martin’s/
Marek, 1984. 240 p.
The Holocaust as seen by an adolescent, safe in Havana after
fleeing Europe with her family. Claudia grows to resent her
mother’s (and her own) Jewishness and falls in love with a young
German fan o f Hitler.
R
o s s n e r
, J
u d i t h
.
August.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1983. 376 p.
The month of August is viewed as a phenomenon of the sociology
of psychoanalysis: the analyst goes on vacation. An engrossing study
of a fortyish Jewish female Manhattanite and her New England
teenager patient.
R
o t h
, P
h i l i p
.
The anatomy lesson.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
1983. 291 p.
The conclusion to the author’s Zuckerman trilogy. Zuckerman
has a debilitating, mysterious pain which defies explanation.
R
u b e n s
, B
e r n i c e
.
Brothers.
New York: Delacorte, 1984. 46 9 p.
By focusing on four sets o f brothers, this English novelist follows
six generations, 150 years, in the life of a European Jewish family.
The saga begins in 1825 Odessa, moves to Western Europe, back to
Soviet Russia, and finally to Israel.
S
in g e r
, I
saa c
B
a s h e v i s
.
The penitent.
New York: Farrar , Straus and
Giroux, 1983. 170 p.
A baal teshuvah summarizes his life and, in doing so, lodges com ­
plaint against the contemporary world.