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LERMAN / AMERICAN-JEWISH FICTION BOOKS
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P l a i n , B e l v a .
The golden cup.
New York: Delacorte Press, 1986. 399 p.
The reader returns to the immigrant scene in America at the turn
of the century and becomes involved in the strong portrayal of the
personal lives o f Aunt Henny, her sister and brother and their fam-
ily.
P o t o k , A n d r e w .
My life with Goya.
New York: Arbor House, 1986. 317 p.
Adam Krinsky, orphaned at 14 by the Nazis, now lives in New
York City with his Uncle Bolek. He is strongly influenced by Goya’s
“Executions on the Third of May,” which personally characterizes
the brutal experience of his parents. The arts scene of post-war
Manhattan is the backdrop for the story.
R e z n i k o f f , C h a r l e s .
By the waters ofManhattan.
New York: Markus Wie­
ner, dist. by Schocken Books, 1986. 266 p.
A Jewish family that struggles against poverty and oppression in
Russia comes to America. It is the fortunes o f the eldest son, a book­
store owner in Greenwich Village, that becomes the novel’s focus.
Reissue of the 1930 novel.
R o t h , P h i l i p .
Counterlife.
New York: Farrar, Straus &Giroux, 1987. 324
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Nathan Zuckerman, the novelist, guides us through this novel of
conflicting perspectives and points o f view that range from
London’s West End to Israel’s West Bank, and include English anti-
Semitism, Israeli militancy, and insight into ethnic abrasiveness in a
marriage.
S c l i a r , M o a c y r .
The centaur in the garden.
Trans, from the Portuguese by
Margaret A. Neves. New York: Available Press, 1985. 216 p.
The narrator is a centaur, half horse, half human, the child of
Russian-Jewish emigrants to Brazil. He passes into adulthood when
questions o f identity as a Jew, human, and horse are raised.
S i g n o r e t , S im o n e .
Adieu, Volodya.
Trans, from the French by Stanley
Hochman. New York: Random House, 1986. 418 p.
Parisian life among the working class in the 1930s is the setting of
this story o f two Jewish emigre families. They share a floor in an
apartment house, a common heritage with memories of pogroms,
and many secrets that draw them together. Their lives and those of
their children are transformed by the French movie industry and
rising anti-Semitism.
S i n g e r , J u n e F l a u m .
The Markoffwomen.
New York: M. Evans, 1986. 368
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The saga o f the Markoff family begins in a Russian shtetl where
Eve lives under her domineering father-in-law’s roof. Her son,
Yitzhak, finds his way to America where he casts off allJewish tradi­
tions. He builds a business empire but suffers emotional turmoil and