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similate on his own terms or become the caretaker of his cultural
tradition like his parents. The novel won both the Prix Hermes
and the Prix Bonardi.
M i c h a e l , S am i .
Refuge.
Trans, from the Hebrew by Edward Grossman.
Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1988. 382 p.
Moral and political tensions and the clash of contending groups
force a confrontation in the wake of the Yom Kippur War in Israel.
N i s s e n s o n , H u g h .
The elephant and my Jewish problem: short stories and
journals 1957-1987.
New York: Harper & Row, 1988. 211 p.
A collection of unpublished diaries and of fiction from the
author’s earlier collections
A pile of stones
and
In the reign of peace.
The varied settings explore the contemporary issues facing Jews
in the 20th century.
Oz,
A m o s .
Black box.
Trans, from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange
with the author. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988.
259 p.
The novel portrays Israel’s intense religious and political strife
as seen through the rantings of the narrator’s ex-wife liana and
her second husband, a religious zealot who is involved in suspicious
fundraising for “Zionist” causes.
P l a i n , B e l v a .
Tapestry.
New York: Delacorte Press, 1988. 448 p.
A new installment in the saga of the Roth and Werner families
that finds protagonist Paul Werner, of the powerful New York
banking family, facing personal struggles and entanglements
amidst the impending doom of World War II.
R a g e n , N a o m i .
Jephte’s daughter.
N e w Y o rk : W a r n e r ,
1989. xii, 436
P-
A twist in the plot of this romantic “Jewish Gothic” results in
an outcome quite different from the story of the title’s biblical
namesake who is sacrificed by her father. Batsheva is an orthodox
woman who finds the strength and courage to escape an abusive
marriage.
R e i c h , T o v a .
Master of the return.
San Diego: Harcourt Brace
Jovanovich, 1988. 240 p.
A religious and social parody based on the absurd, misguided,
and self-indulgent search of a group of zealots, newly returned
penitents, who flock to Hasidism to find fulfillment.
R o s e n f e l d , I s a a c .
Passage from home.
New foreword by Marc Shechner.
New York: Markus Wiener, distr. by Talman, 1988. xx, 280 p.
(Masterworks of Modern Jewish Writing)
Re-issue of the 1946 novel that depicts a “modern” alienated
Jewish youth of 1930’s Chicago who is rebellious and disenchanted
with his father and the diluted brand of Judaism he has inherited.