A newly arrived immigrant to New York experiences a series of devastating misfortunes. Just as he begins to lose his faith in God, something comes along to restore his faith, a miracle that will have the reader rejoicing.
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Joseph Roth was born in 1894 in Galicia. He worked as a journalist following World War I and died in Paris in 1939, leaving behind thirteen novels as well as many stories and essays. Overlook will continue its Joseph Roth program with uniform editions of Right and Left/Legend of the Holy Drinker, The Spider's Web/Zipper and his Father, and Hotel Savoy.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Many years ago there lived in Zuchnow a man named Mendel Singer. He was pious, God-fearing and ordinary, an entirely every- day Jew. He practiced the modest profession of a teacher. In his house, which consisted of only a roomy kitchen, he imparted to children knowledge of the Bible. He taught with genuine enthusiasm and without spectacular success. Hundreds of thousands before him had lived and taught as he did. As insignificant as his nature was his pale face. A full beard of ordinary black framed it completely. His mouth was hidden by the beard. His eyes were large, black, languid and half veiled by heavy lids. On his head sat a cap of black silk rep, a material out of which unfashionable and cheap ties are sometimes made. His body was wrapped in a customary half-long Jewish caftan, the skirts of which fluttered when Mendel Singer rushed through the street, knocking with a hard regular wing beat against the shafts of his high leather boots. Singer seemed to have little time and nothing but pressing goals. Certainly his life was always hard and at times even a torment. He had a wife and three children to clothe and feed. (She was pregnant with a fourth.) God had bestowed fertility on his loins, equanimity on his heart and poverty on his hands. They had no gold to weigh and no banknotes to count. Still, his life ran steadily along like a poor little brook between sparse banks.
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Book Description Overlook Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0879511494 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0576497
Book Description Overlook Hardcover, 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0879511494