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Elisabeth Danziger made her fifteen annual visit to The Tam ­
arisks, her childhood summer home on the Danish island of Mon,
now an expensive hotel. Revealed is a pact made between the her­
oine and her cousin before the Holocaust to be reunited there.
Elisabeth alone returns year after year to keep the appointment.
W
e i l
, B
r e t e
.
The bride price.
Boston: David R. Godine, 1991. 183 p.,
The story of King David and his first wife, Michal, is combined
with another story, the author’s own experience as a German Hol­
ocaust survivor coming to terms with her religion, her age, and
her country’s past. The two unlikely complements form a mem­
orable novel.
W
i e s e l
, E
l i e
.
The accident.
T r. by Anne Borchardt. New York:
Noonday/Farrar, 1991. 120 p.
The protagonist Eliezer discovers that an ordinary “accident”
may have been a subconscious attempt at suicide to alleviate the
guilt he feels for having survived the Holocaust. Originally pub­
lished in 1962.
W
in k l e r
, G
e r s h o n
.
The sacred stones: the return of the golem.
New York:
Judaica Press, 1991. 197 p.
A mystical novel set in 1605 when the long lost
Choshen Mishpat
the Breastplate of Judgment, worn by the High Priest of ancient
Israel is rediscovered, stolen and abused. The Maharal of Prague
calls upon the Golem to resolve the mystical adventure mystery.
Y
e h o s h u a
,
A.B.
Mr. Mani.
T r. by Hillel Halkin, New York: Doubleday,
1992. 384 p.
Five conversationalists discuss the Mani family, from 1982 back
to 1849. These five, a young Israeli girl, a German soldier, a Jewish
British soldier in Mandate Palestine, a Jewish doctor in Poland,
and family patriarch Avraham Mani, offer their part of the con­
versation. This unique approach demonstrates the connection be­
tween private desire and public appearance. Yehoshua also ex­
plores the inner nature of family relationships and the meaning
of land and nationhood.
Z
e i t l in
, M
a r ia n n e
L
a n g n e r
.
Next of kin.
Somerville,
M A :
Zephyr
Press, 1991. 187 p.
Relationships are the focus of this portrait of Esther Persky’s
close knit family who lose her in an accident caused by a drunken
driver. Her impact on the world may have been minimal, but her
role within her family was essential and extraordinary.