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American-Jewish Fiction
veals the existence of an anthropological discovery which supposedly heralds
the coming of the world’s savior at the end of the millennium. The unraveling
o f the mystery takes the professor and his wife to Jerusalem to confront what
they expect is their destiny.
B o b r o w s k i , J o h a n n e s .
Levin’s Mill.
New York: New Directions,
In this novel, Bobrowski tells the story of the struggle between a rich mill
owner and aJew. The scene is set in a West Prussian village in the year 1874;
the author describes the characters of the Poles, Jews, Gypsies, and solid Ger­
man peasants who people the village and whose parochial affairs mirror the
larger, more tragic history o f Poland.
B u k i e t , M e l v i n
New York: St. Martin’s, 1996. 384p.
Fictionalized account of Holocaust survivors in the immediate aftermath of
the war. The story is realistic and shocking.
C e l a n , P a u l .
Los Angeles, CA: Sun and Moon Press,
A bilingual edition (German & English) of the poet’s later books originally
published in 1967 appearing in this format for the first time. The translator has
taken care to emphasize the cyclical nature of the work, as well as to capture
Celan’s experimentation with words. Celan was a survivor of the Holocaust
who lived in Paris until his death by suicide in 1970.
C h a f e t z , Z e v .
Hang Time.
New York: Warner Books, 1996. 320p.
A thriller about three American heroes, two of them professional basketball
players and the third a coach. They become hostages in a situation that involves
the United States and the Muslim world which could escalate into war if not
successfully negotiated.
C o h e n , R o b e r t .
The Here and Now.
New York: Scribner’s, 1996.
A 36 year-old half-Jewish man and a Chasidic couple meet on an airplane
and their lives become intertwined forever. Their paths take them through cul-
ture-shock and events that influence and impact upon their respective religious
and non-religious views.
D w o r k i n , S u s a n .
The Book of Candy.
New York: Four Walls Eight
Windows, 1996. 359p.
Candace Shapiro is the heroine of this novel about prophecy, infidelity,
courage and love. It also involves a rabbi-turned prophet-turned teacher. The
story is about a Long Island Jewish housewife who becomes a better stronger
person but at the same time becomes a harder woman, one whom betrayal has
made less forgiving.
E l k i n s , S t a n l e y .
Mrs. Ted Bliss.
New York: Hyperion, 1995. 304p.
Mrs. Ted Bliss
chronicles the adjustment o f its protagonist to live as a widow