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scientist, who is a PLO target. His task proves increasingly difficult,
and the Mossad’s integrity is brought into question.
K a s h n e r , R i t a .
To the ten th genera tion .
New York, Putnam, 1984. 378 p.
The lives o f two Israeli women intersect — one a kibbutznik, the
o ther whose mother is a concen tra tion camp survivor; one
embittered, the other traumatized. The book is full o f rich events
and characters surrounding these two women and their friendship.
K r e i tm a n , E s t h e r S in g e r .
Deborah.
Trans, by Maurice Carr. New York,
St.
Martin’s,
1984 . 3 8 4 p.
The author, a sister o f I.B. and IJ . Singer, presents this fictional
account o f her family in pre-WWI Poland. It was first published in
Yiddish in 1936.
L ev i , P r im o .
I f not now, when?
Trans, by William Weaver. New York,
Summit, 1985. 349 p.
The Italian Jewish survivor o f Auschwitz has chosen to write
about Ashkenazim in this latest novel. He focuses upon the solidar­
ity o f a ragged band o f fugitives from Nazi roundups, resolved to
make their way west to Palestine. While never minimizing the hor­
rors o f European anti-Semitism, Levi dwells upon those acts o f sym­
pathy shown toward this group o f Jews.
L e v in s o n , D e i r d r e .
Modus vivendi.
New York, Viking, 1984. 106 p.
A woman who grew up as part o f a tiny Jewish minority in a Welsh
village is haunted by her son’s death and blames her drug-addicted
husband.
M o r t o n , F r e d e r i c k .
Theforever street.
New York, Doubleday, 1984. 447
P-
Morton has written about three generations o f an unusual Jewish
family that lives and prospers in Vienna from 1873 until 1939. Ac­
tual family members served as the models and inspirations for the
book’s characters.
P a r e n t , G a i l .
A little bit married.
New York, Putnam, 1984. 240
p.
A rapidly moving, comic novel, focused upon the three members
o f the Weissman family. The predictable urban and Jewish angst is
found here.
P l a i n , B e l v a .
Crescent City.
New York, Delacorte, 1984. 429
p.
A predictable romance centering upon a Southern Jewess, her
wise slave, unpleasant family members, unhappy marriage, and
various romances. The backdrop is the Abolitionist movement, the
Civil War, and the life o f Southern Jewry.
P o t o k , C ha im .
Dav ita ’s harp.
New York, Knopf, 1985. 371 p.
Set in New York during the 1930s, this novel portrays the lives o f
Communist Party members and religious Jews, against the back­
drop o f the horrors o f the twentieth century. Davita is the daughter
o f a Gentile left-wing journalist and a Jewish Marxist intellectual