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year-old yeshiva student living in Jerusalem, must struggle with
loss o f faith in this adventure novel.
K
o n r a d
, G
e o r g e
.
A feast in the garden.
Tr. from the Hungarian by
Imre Goldstein. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992.
394 p.
Set in the world o f Budapest intellectuals during the late 1980s,
the novel draws upon the historical and imaginary past. The tur­
bulence o f the 1940s Jewish life in a small Hungarian village is
a stark contrast with the pretentious lives years later.
L
e s s e r
, E
l l e n
.
The blue streak.
New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1992.
242 p.
A delightfully multifaceted portrait o f an American Jewish fam­
ily o f Long Island, the Winger family. Told over a period o f a
few days, the story evolves around the viewpoint o f Danny, the
son who has always lived in his father’s shadow, and now must
rethink his life’s plan following an injury that ends his dream o f
being an Olympic swimmer.
L
e v i
, J
o n a t h a n
.
A guide for the perplexed.
New York: Turtle Bay Books,
1992. 342 p.
Two very different women visiting Spain slowly discover their
common bonds. Hann i, a Miami widow descended from
Maimonides, is searching for historical documents o f another rel­
ative. Holland, an English documentary filmmaker, is making a
movie about an aging Russian violinist. The novel offers a unique
revisionist history o f the discovery o f America.
M
a n e a
, N
o r m a n
.
October, eight o’clock.
Tr. from the Romanian
b y
Cornelia Golna and Anselm Hollo. New York: Grove, 1992. 216 p.
The author, himself a Romanian exile, has produced an extraor­
dinary story collection structured around one man’s life before,
during and after the Holocaust.
M
a s s i e
, A
l l a n
.
The sins of the father.
New York: Carroll & Graf, 1992.
299 p.
A blind Jewish Holocaust survivor recognizes the voice o f an
old SS officer in Argentina.
N
e b e n z a l
, H
a r o l d
.
Cafe Berlin.
Woodstock, NY: Overlook, 1992.
281 p.
The first novel o f the screenwriter and film producer unfolds
in Berlin’s decadent nightlife between the wars. Saporta, a Syrian
Jew, assumes the identity o f a Christian Spaniard when he opens
a nightclub in 1930. Recruited into a British spy ring in 1941,
he uncovers the cooperation between Hitler and the Grand Mufti
o f Jerusalem.
P
e t t y
, T
h u r m a n
C.
The open gates; from Babylon’s ashes, Freedom for