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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
L
u b a n
, M
a r i a n n e
.
The Samaritan treasure.
Minneapolis: Coffee House
Press, 1990. 221 p.
A collection o f five stories that view the Jew as the silent ob­
server, the outsider, who is not what he or she appears to be.
The first story, bearing the title o f the collection, opens in historic
Samaria and moves to the 1948 War o f Independence.
L
u s t i g
, A
r n o s t
.
Street of lost brothers.
Tr. from the Czech. Evanston,
111.: Northwestern University Press, 1990. 207 p.
Seven new gripping stories about the Holocaust, examine the
minds o f both Nazis and their victims.
O
r d e
, L
e w i s
.
By blood divided.
NY: Zebra Books, 1991. 532 p.
Siblings who had survived a pogrom in 1903, are later separated
as teenagers by tragedy. This saga follows their lives over the next
sixty years until they are reunited.
Oz,
A m o s .
T
o
know a woman.
Tr. from the Hebrew by Nicholas de
Lange. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991. 262 p.
The protagonist is a retired Israeli intelligence officer aware o f
the need for spying, but fed up with it. Following his wife’s sudden
death in a highway accident, he contrives ways to get through
each day by making repairs around the house while conducting
metaphysical queries.
P
e r e t z
, I
s a a c
L
e i b
.
The I.L. Peretz reader.
Ed. and with an introduction
by Ruth R. Wisse. NY: Schocken Books, 1990. 381 p. (Library
o f Yiddish Classics).
Twenty-six familiar stories o f the master storyteller are included
in the second volume o f the Yiddish Classics series. Most o f them
benefit from new translations. Two significant stories, “My Mem­
oirs” and “Impressions o f a Journey,” appear in their first un­
abridged English translation.
P
e t r o v ic s
-O
f n e r
, L
a s z l o
.
Broken places.
NY: Atlantic Monthly Press,
1990. 241 p.
Pisti, a young child brought up as a Catholic in wartime Hun­
gary, narrates this novel. Following the failed revolution o f 1956,
he escapes to the west only to return later. Events throughout
his life lead him to believe he must be a Jew.
P
o t o k
, C
h a im
.
The Gift of Asher Lev.
NY: Knopf, 1990. 369 p.
The sequel to
My name is Asher Lev,
takes place in the 1980’s.
The hasidic artist and his family return to New York to attend
a funeral and renew their contact with the Ladover hasidic com­
munity. A feeling o f revitalization, old memories and conflicts add
new twists to the artist’s relationship to the community.
R
a p h a e l
, L
e v
.
Dancing on Tisha B ’Av.
NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1990.
231 p.
Midwestern campuses are the primary setting for this collection