Shadows on the Hudson in set in New York City in the late 1940s and details the intertwined lives of a circle of prosperous Jewish refugees. From gloomy Upper West Side apartments to the pastel Yiddish resorts of Miami, Singer covers the territory of American Jewry in the aftermath of the Holocaust in this impressively expansive novel.
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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. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0374261865 . Bookseller Inventory # HGT3542CHGG042717H0326P
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York U. S. A., 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine+. Marfree, acidfree Fine 1/4 cloth bound 2nd prtg, unclipped dj has minor nick; no names, not marked-in, underscored, clearance or discard. Mails from NYC usually within 12 hours.; 548 pages; Library JournalOriginally published serially in Yiddish in The Forward, this novel by Nobel Prize Laureate Singer relates the lives of Jewish refugees in New York City just after World War II. Wealthy and religious Boris Makaver is challenged by the scandal created when his daughter Anna abandons her second husband, an unemployed lawyer, for a friend of the family, Grein. The latter is torn by his inability to resist the romantic demands of three women (his wife, his long-time mistress, and Anna) and his attempts to return to the religious faith of his father. The lingering effects of the losses in the Holocaust and the influence of communism and godlessness combine with staged seances and the reappearance of Anna's unsavory first husband to provide much spiritual searching. This major novel is a welcome addition to the Singer library. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Ann Irvine, Silver Spring Lib., Md. Bookseller Inventory # 22564
Book Description Jan 30, 1998, 1998. Book Condition: New. FSG HC 1st edition. Fine in Fine wraps (dust jacket.). Cover as shown. No marks. New. Bookseller Inventory # 03121720
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0374261865
Book Description Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, New York, 1998. Hardcover. Book 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. Bookseller Inventory # 39926X1
Book Description Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 1998. Book 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. Bookseller Inventory # 30001
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0374261865
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