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L I N D A P. L E R M A N
American Jewish Fiction Books
1985-1986
A g n o n ,
S.Y.
A simple story.
Trans,
by
Hillel Halkin. New York: Schocken
Books, 1985. 246 p.
Szybusz, a small Polish town, is the setting for this story o f love and
marriage, originally written in Hebrew in 1935 and set at the turn o f
the century. Blume Nacht, a young orphaned girl, comes to live with
her wealthy relatives. Hirsh Hurvitz, her cousin, falls in love with
her, but his parents have a more socially acceptable marriage in
mind for him.
A l e x a n d e r , L y n n e .
Safe houses.
New York: Atheneum, 1985. 262 p.
A fictitious memoir o f two people who meet in the 1950s and
share reminiscences o f Budapest and their relationships with Raoul
Wallenberg during the latter part o f World War II. Gerda Green, a
wine waitress at a local hotel, became the mistress o f Wallenberg and
Eichmann. Jack Baum, who later falls in love with Gerda’s daughter,
was a pastry chef at the same hotel.
B a b e l , Is a a c .
Benya Krik, the gangster and other stories.
Ed. by Avraham
Yarmolinsky. New York: Schocken Books, 1985. 128 p.
A reprint edition o f stories that paint the scene o f Jewish life in
Odessa prior to and after the Russian Revolution. The characters
present an historical-social commentary for this time o f political and
social upheaval. Yarmolinsky has added a short biographical sketch
o f the author to this edition.
B e rm a n t , Ch a im .
Dancing bear.
London and New York: St. Martin’s
Press, 1985. 250 p.
Spun in the classic tradition, this tale evolves around the son o f a
Latvian family whose name is changed to Harry Newman prior to
being sent to England to study. His search for his roots and a deter­
mination to discover whether he is a Jew or a Christian leads to a
climactic exposure o f his origins in the final pages.
B r o d k e y , H a r o l d .
Women and angels.
Philadelphia: Jewish Publication
Society o f America, 1985. 157 p.
A collection o f three stories, “Ceil,” “Lila,” and “Angels,” which
illustrate the conflicts between observance and sacredness. They are
part o f the author’s novel in progress.