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American Jewish Fiction Books
1984-1985
A b r a h am s , W i l l i a m ,
ed.
Prize stories: the O. Henry Awards 1984 .
New
York, Doubleday, 1984. 296 p.
Includes “Rosa” by Cynthia Ozick and “The Model” by Bernard
Malamud.
A m ic h a i , Y e h u d a .
The world is a room: and other stories.
Philadelphia, Jew­
ish Publication Society, 1984. 199 p.
The first collection in English o f Amichai’s short fiction. These
ten stories all deal with the conflicts o f Israeli life.
B e l l o w , S a u l .
Him with his foot in his mouth and other stories.
New York,
Harper and Row, 1984. 294 p.
Five stories from the Nobel Laureate with the usual array o f
Chicago Jews and WASPs.
B l i n k i n , M e ir .
Stories.
Trans, by Max Rosenfeld. Albany, State Univer­
sity o f New York Press, 1984. 166 p.
Blinkin’s stories were written and published during the early
years o f this century in the American Yiddish press. He depicts lives
in transition, the stresses o f Jewish immigration and assimilation. In
these stories, women, both reputable and not-so-reputable, are
strong characters whose lives are filled with emotions and domestic
turmoil.
C o h e n , M a t t .
The Spanish doctor.
New York, Beaufort, 1985, 320
p.
A Marrano wanders through the madness o f medieval anti-
Semitic Europe hoping to avoid the destiny o f his people. After
murdering a Cardinal he flees to Kiev and lives as a Jew again.
E p s t e in , L e s l i e .
Goldkorn tales.
New York, Dutton, 1984. 244 p.
Three tales about Leib Goldkorn, the hero o f Epstein’s story “The
Steinway quintet,” published here for the second time, but now with
two sequels. Epstein, a survivor, an unbeliever, a musical and cul­
tural sophisticate, is haunted by memories o f the camps and his ob­
servations o f the violent decline o f New York City where he now
lives. The stories chronicle his ups and downs, all centered upon his
hang-out, the Steinway Restaurant.
F a s t , H o w a r d .
The Outsider.
New York, Houghton Mifflin, 1984. 311
p.
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