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LINDA P. LERMAN
American Jewish Fiction Books
1992-1993*
A
n s k y
,
S.
The Dybbuk and other writings.
Ed. with an introduction by
David G. Roskies; with translations by Golda Werman. New York:
Schocken Books, 1992. 220 p. (Library o f Yiddish Classics)
An excellent anthology o f short stories, autobiographical writ­
ings, and the controversial play, “The Dybbuk,” by the Yiddish
master Ansky, pseudonym o f L ithuanian-born So lomon
Rappoport (1863-1920).
A
p p e l f e l d
, A
h a r o n
.
Katerina.
Tr. from the Hebrew by Jeffrey
M .
Green. New York: Random House, 1992. 212 p.
An allegorical novel about a Polish peasant, a Christian woman,
who imagines herself a Jew after living as a housekeeper for Jews
in the years before the Holocaust.
B
e g l e y
, L
o u i s
.
The man who was late.
New York: Knopf, 1993. 243 p.
The hero, Ben, a high-powered banker and Harvard graduate,
mingles easily with the upper class. Yet, his roots as a Jewish ref­
ugee are still apparent. Readers wonder if the author is mocking
and buying into the upper-class pretensions.
B
r e n n e r
, J
o s e p h
C
h a im
.
Out of the depths.
Tr. from the Hebrew with
an introduction by David Patterson. Boulder: Westview Press,
1992. 101 p. (Modern Hebrew Classics)
Written in 1904 following the author’s move to London’s East
End, this work concerns a group o f Russian immigrants in London
who work for a Jewish newspaper. Conflict ensues when the owner
introduces a typesetting machine, and a strike results. The story
is based on Brenner’s own harsh experiences.
B
y r n e
, B
e v e r l y
.
The firebirds.
New York: Bantam Books, 1992. 435 p.
The final novel in a trilogy comprising
A lasting fire
and
The
flames of vengeance.
The story covers the years 1939 to 1980 and
traces the lives o f the powerful Mendoza family, whose secret Jew­
ish identity has been buried since the Inquisition.
E
a r l
, M
a u r e e n
.
Boat of stone.
Sag Harbor, NY: Permanent Press, 1993.
254 p.
*A number o f translations are included.
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