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in 1977, remains haunted by the reality of the Holocaust. She es­
capes the present by creating letters to her murdered baby daugh­
ter, seeing her as she might have been had she been spared.
P
e r u t z
, L
e o
.
By night under the stone bridge.
Trans, from the German
by Eric Mosbacher. New York: Arcade
P ub ,
1990. 280
p .
Events in 1598 involving Emperor Rudolf II and Mordechai
Meisl o f the Jewish Ghetto in Prague have ramifications involving
the courtiers, citizens of Prague, and Jews. The fourteen stories
as told by Meisl’s descendant, a modern day medical student, pro­
vide great historical detail.
P
l a in
, B
elva
.
Blessings.
New York: Delacorte Press, 1989. 340
p .
The heroine, a successful lawyer, is forced to confront a hidden
secret from her past by a daughter she had given up at birth nine­
teen years before.
R
a b o y
, I
saac
.
Jewish cowboy.
Trans, from the Yiddish by Nathaniel
Shapiro. Westfield, N.J.: Tradition Books, 1989. 297 p.
Ninety years ago the author, then an immigrant, became a cow­
boy on a horse ranch in North Dakota. This autobiographical novel
was originally published in 1942.
R
a ph a e l
, D
a v id
.
The Alhambra decree.
North Hollywood, Calif.: Carmi
House, 1989. 358 p.
A well researched, historical novel that chronicles the events
leading up to the expulsion of some 150,000 Jews from the Cas­
tilian city o f Segovia in 1492.
R
a ph a e l
, F
reder ic
.
After the war.
New York: Viking, 1989. 527
p.
Two Jewish boys in post-World War II England, one a refugee,
and the other showing a deference for English ways, confront each
other at prep school. Scenes move from wartime England and
occupied Germany to the creation of the State of Israel.
R
ich ler
, M
o r d e ca i
.
Solomon Gursky was here.
New York: Knopf, 1990.
557 p.
Would-be biographer, Moses Berger, is obsessed with discover­
ing the mysteries of Solomon Gursky’s life, much to the detriment
of his own. The Gursky family chronology is pieced together leav­
ing many mysteries unsolved and touching all levels of Canadian
society.
R
o t h
, J
o s e p h
.
The spider's web and Zipper and his father.
Trans, from
the German by John Hoare. Woodstock, N.Y.: Overlook Press,
1989. 224 p.
These two stories were originally written by the author during
the interwar years.
The spider’s web
focuses on a docile customs
official’s son, who combines obedience to orders with a bloodlust
against Jews and revolutionaries.
Zipper and his father
finds