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Shadows on the Hudson
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Although Isaac Bashevis Singer emigrated from Poland to the United States in 1935, the circumscribed world of the Polish Jews remained at the heart of his imagination. Beginning with his first major work, Satan in Goray (1935), he used the life of the shtetl as raw material, transforming its folkways, religious practices, superstitions, and sexual habits into superior works of art. From time to time, however, Singer turned his eye upon New World Jews like himself, recording their rapid or reluctant assimilation into the American mainstream. One such book is Shadows on the Hudson.
This massive novel originally was serialized in the Yiddish-language Jewish Daily Forward in 1957. Now it has finally been translated into English--in a capable version by Joseph Sherman--and Singer fans should be very grateful. Center stage is occupied by Boris Makaver, a master builder equally devoted to I-beams and the Talmud, and Anna, his much-married daughter. Fanning out from this duo, however, is a small universe of refugees, all of them served up with Singer's customary brio. (Here's a comical snapshot of a shyster named Hertz Grein: "His nose had a Jewish hook, but then had second thoughts and straightened itself out. His lips were thin, and his blue eyes revealed a curious mixture of bashfulness, sharpness, and something else that was hard to define. Margolin used to say that he looked like a Yeshiva boy from Scandinavia.") As the subplots pile up in an unruly heap, the novel sometimes reveals its installment-plan origins. Still, Singer puts his large cast through some wonderful paces, and the endless talk--for these are characters who truly come alive through the medium of rapid, contentious, Yiddish-accented conversation--allows the author to speculate about destiny, identity, and freedom without slowing his story a whit. As Singer said more than once, "Of course I believe in free will. Do we have a choice?"About the Author:
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0374261865
Book Description Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, New York, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. Second Printing.. 548 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. FICTION. This darkest of Singer's great tragicomic novels was serialized in the Forward in the 1950s. Now, it is revealed to be one of Singer's major works. Translated into English from the Yiddish by Joseph Sherman. (Key Words: Yiddish Literature, Hudson River, Jews, New York City, Fiction, Nobel Prize Winners, Isaac Bashevis Singer). book. Seller Inventory # 39926X1
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Book Description Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 1998. Condition: New. 3rd printing.. About the lives of Jewish refugees in NYC in the 1940s. Mint unread copy. 6-1/2 x 9-1/2, 548 pp. Hardcover in black/tan boards; in color illus jacket. Seller Inventory # 30001
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110374261865
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