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LINDA P. LERMAN
American Jewish Fiction Books
1989-1990
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A
g n o n
,
S.Y.
Shira.
Trans, from the Hebrew by Zeva Shapiro. New
York: Schocken Books, 1989. 585 p.
The last major novel by Agnon is set in Jerusalem in the 1930s.
It is a story of an obsessive love affair between a middle-aged
professor and the free spirited woman called Shira.
B
ellow
, S
a u l
.
The Bellarosa connection.
New York: Penguin Books,
1989. 102 p.
The legendary Broadway producer Billy Rose masterminds an
Italian underground operation to rescue Jewish refugees in Nazi-
occupied Europe. One refugee, prosperous after many years in
America, is obsessive in his continually thwarted efforts to thank
Rose.
B
irm in g h am
, S
t e p h e n
.
Shades of fortune.
Boston: Little, Brown, 1989.
474 p.
The Myersons, a New York German-Jewish family of the
Our
crowd
milieu, own a cosmetic empire. The family saga is enriched
by suspense and the authentic backdrop of New York’s cafe society.
B
rookner
, A
n it a
.
Latecomers.
New York: Pantheon Books, 1988. 248
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A touching novel o f the fifty year relationship of two German-
Jewish refugees to England.
The classic tales; 4000 years o fJewish lore.
Ed. by Ellen Frankel. Northvale,
N.J.: J. Aronson, 1989. 659 p.
A collection of 300 legends and folktales representative of Jewish
tradition. There is a chronologically arranged table of contents,
a bibliography, and indices by subject (e.g. holiday, weekly Torah
portions, symbols) and by names and places.
D
a g a n
, A
v ig d o r
.
The court jesters.
Trans, from the Hebrew by Barbara
Harshav. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1989. 180 p.
A Holocaust novel of four men who survive a concentration
* A number of translations are included.
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