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story o f the conflict o f a generation caught up in its desire to seek
new opportunities.
L e v i , P r im o .
Moments of reprieve.
Trans, from the Italian by Ruth
Feldman. New York: Summit Books, 1986. 172 p.
Fifteen stories written at different times portray the men and
women Levi met in Auschwitz or heard about from other prisoners.
Although based on real people and incidents, the accounts are
L e w i n , S a m u e l .
Between two abysses: a trilogy.
Trans, from the Yiddish by
Joseph Leftwich. New York: Cornwall Books, 1986. 3 vols.
Three novels,
Between two abysses; Dark mountains and blue valleys;
Shining through the clouds,
trace the lives o f the young post-WWI
generation in Poland. These idealists are dedicated to Zionism and
Socialism, striving for cultural integration while suffering from the
loss of religious faith.
M e r k i n , D a p h n e .
San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,
1986. 288 p.
Brought up on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in a large, wealthy
Orthodox German Jewish family, 26-year-old Hannah Lehmann
tells of the love/hate story of her family and her relationship with her
mother. An intense first-person narrative that captures the details
and spirit o f the 1950s.
N o r m a n , H i l a r y .
In love and friendship.
New York: Delacorte Press,
1987. 517 p.
Elaborately set in Germany, parts of Switzerland, Paris, London
and New York, the novel follows the rise o f two childhood friends,
Daniel and Andres. Tragedy touches nearly anyone Daniel loves.
Only Alexandra, Daniel’s lover, who is also the narrator and wife o f
Andres, survives but not without complicat:ons.
O r e n , Y i z h a k .
The imaginary number: short st<
Ed. by Max Knight,
fwd. by Abraham Huss. Berkeley, Calif.:
mir Books, 1986.
These surrealistic stories, the first English language collection of
the Israeli writer, offer a blend o f realism and fantasy with a dash of
humor. They are deeply rooted inJewish culture and Israeli life and
express a universal belief in people’s creativity and spirituality.
O z i c k , C y n t h i a .
The messiah ofStockholm.
New York: Knopf, 1987. 141
Lars Andemening, a Stockholm book reviewer, obsessively
believes that he is the son of Bruno Schulz, a Jewish Polish writer
who was gunned down by the Nazis. He is supplied by an eccentric
bookseller with an original tattered Polish manuscript o f Schulz’s
entitled “Messiah,” which he pours over like a sacred work. A
brillant plot with an underlying complex parable o f writer as creator
versus the issue o f blasphemy.