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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
Roth novels. Again, Zuckerman is involved with his life as a
writer, man, and a Jew. The plot surprises and character re­
versals are not simply products o f a self-contained literary vir­
tuosity; they are integral to the basic motifs o f the book: the
agony o f the creative artist, the ambivalence o f freedom, the
relationship o f appearance to reality, the evanescence o f love,
the quest for identity, and at the heart o f the matter — Roth’s
own difficult but abiding feelings about Jewishness.
The
Counterlife
is a courageous book.
HOLOCAUST
L
e o n
J
o l s o n
A
w a r d
,
presented
by
David Blumenfeld.
The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue, Survival,
by Su­
san Zuccotd (Basic Books)
Why did 85 percent o f Italy’s Jews survive World War II?
In her book,
The Italians and the Holocaust,
Susan Zuccotti offers
several explanations revealing the Italian mentality towards the
Jews and the political circumstances which influenced the times.
As an author, Zuccotti blends personal accounts with first-rate
scholarly analysis, making her book very readable and entirely
convincing.
ILLUSTRATED CH ILDREN ’S BOOKS
M
a r c i a
a n d
L
o u i s
P
o s n e r
A
w a r d
,
presented by Sylvia
Firschein.
Exodus, Adapted from the Bible,
by Miriam Chaikin and Charles
Mikolaycak, illustrator (Holiday House)
Exodus, Adapted from the Bible,
by Miriam Chaikin and illus­
trated by Charles Mikolaycak, dramatizes the singular events
that transformed the Children o f Israel from slaves into a free
people. The art work shows great strength in color and line,
particularly in the drawings o f the people. Moses is depicted
as a young, virile and charismatic hero whose visible emotions
range from compassion to anger. The text translates the Book
o f Exodus into stately modern English understandable by chil­
dren.