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The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer

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The forty-seven stories in this collection, selected by Singer himself out of nearly one hundred and fifty, range from the publication of his now-classic first collection, Gimpel the Fool, in 1957, until 1981. They include supernatural tales, slices of life from Warsaw and the shtetls of Eastern Europe, and stories of the Jews displaced from that world to the New World, from the East Side of New York to California and Miami.

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Overview

The forty-seven stories in this collection, selected by Singer himself out of nearly one hundred and fifty, range from the publication of his now-classic first collection, Gimpel the Fool, in 1957, until 1981. They include supernatural tales, slices of life from Warsaw and the shtetls of Eastern Europe, and stories of the Jews displaced from that world to the New World, from the East Side of New York to California and Miami.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Sparkling and triumphant, Isaac Bashevis Singer's stories are filled with wonder, gratitude, humor, irony and a wry eroticism that manages to exalt the pleasures of the flesh and the soul at the same time."—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

"There are whole fistfuls of masterpieces in this one volume: a cornucopia of invention . . . When all is said and done, [it] is an American master's 'Book of Creation.'"—Cynthia Ozick, The New York Times Book Review

Cynthia Ozick
In Singer the demons are rarely stilled. . . .[The] phantasmagorical universe of ordeal and mutation and shock is, finally, as intimately persuasive as logic itself. . . .suffering is endemic and few are forgiven. -- The New York Times Books of the Century, reviewed March 21, 1982
Washington Post Book World
Sparkling and triumphant, Singer's stories are filled with wonder, gratitude, humor, irony and a wry eroticism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374517885
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 8/28/1983
  • Pages: 614
  • Sales rank: 398,360
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91) was the author of many novels, stories, children's books, and memoirs. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.

Biography

Isaac Bashevis Singer emigrated to New York from Poland in 1935 and found work with the Jewish Daily Forward. Author of many novels, collections of short stories, and books for children, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Isaac Warshofsky
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 14, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Radzymin, Poland
    1. Date of Death:
      July 24, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      Surfside, Florida

Table of Contents

Gimpel the Fool

The Gentleman from Cracow

Joy

The Little Shoemakers

The Unseen

The Spinoza of Market Street

The Destruction of Kreshev

Taibele and her Demon

Alone

Yentl the Yeshiva Boy

Zeidlus the Pope

The Last Demon

Short Friday

The Séance

The Slaughterer

The Dead Fiddler

Henne Fire

The Letter Writer

A Friend of Kafka

The Cafeteria

The Joke

Powers

Something Is There

A Crown of Feathers

A Day in Coney Island

The Cabalist of East Broadway

A Quotation from Klopstock

A Dance and a Hop

Grandfather and Grandson

Old Love

The Admirer

The Yearning Heifer

A Tale of Two Sisters

Three Encounters

Passions

Brother Beetle

The Betrayer of Israel

The Psychic Journey

The Manuscript

The Power of Darkness

The Bus

A Night in the Poorhouse

Escape from Civilization

Vanvild Kava

The Reencounter

Neighbors

Moon and Madness

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