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Dissenter in the House of God

Rosenfeld, Alvin

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ISBN 10: 0312043031 / ISBN 13: 9780312043032
Published by St Martins Pr, New York, 1990
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed & Inscribed By Author 0312043031 Alvin Rosenfeld. A DISSENTER IN THE HOUSE OF GOD. New York: St. Martin's Press, (1990). SIGNED FIRST EDITION (stated, with number line including "1"). 8.25 x 5.5 inches. 200 pages. Blue-grey boards. Near fine in dust jacket, price intact, no owner's name or marks. Signed & Inscribed by Rosenfeld on the front free endpaper, dated 1.13.94, to Leon Wieseltier - American author, critic, magazine editor (New Republic). The story of Hyman Schwartz, a survivor of Hitler's death camps, whose "loss of his wife and young son to the camps has left him a man without life.he fills his mind my manipulating numbers [accountant] in a sometimes vain effort to keep the memories at bay" - dj blurb. Bookseller Inventory # 003754

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Title: Dissenter in the House of God

Publisher: St Martins Pr, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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In a story set in 1954 New York, the arrival of Shimshon, a young survivor from Communist Hungary, triggers a renewal of nightmarish memories for accountant Hyman Schwartz, a mathematical wizard and survivor of Hitler's death camps

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This first novel by a child psychiatrist is the intense and emotional story of Hyman Schwartz, a survivor of the Holocaust who, in 1955, has found a haven as an accountant in a prosperous New York City firm. Hyman's compassionate employer, Sam Teitlebaum, is aware that his taciturn employee is unusually talented, but does not realize that Hyman compulsively uses numbers as a way of blotting out memories of his family, all exterminated in the camps. When Shimshon, a handsome, gregarious young refugee from Communist Hungary, asks Hyman for lessons in accounting, the reclusive and embittered older man reacts with ill-concealed hostility, but at the request of his employer he begins to teach Shimshon, an apt pupil, and a dialogue gradually begins between the two men. Hyman's defenses are lowered and, as he begins to think of Shimshon as a son, he slowly reawakens to life. But Shimshon, once he has mastered the field, plans to leave and start his own firm in Israel. Though his plot has provocative possibilities, Rosenfeld's execution is heavy-handed and lethargic, a victim of his didacticism and his inclination to expound on psychological developments that, more ably rendered, could have been left to the reader's deduction.
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