Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories

Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories

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by Isaac Bashevis Singer
     
 

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Isaac Bashevis Singer's first collection of stories, Gimpel the Fool, is a landmark work that has attracted international acclaim since it was first published in 1957. In Saul Bellow's masterly translation, the title story follows the exploits of Gimpel, an ingenuous baker who is universally deceived but who declines to retaliate against his tormentors.

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Isaac Bashevis Singer's first collection of stories, Gimpel the Fool, is a landmark work that has attracted international acclaim since it was first published in 1957. In Saul Bellow's masterly translation, the title story follows the exploits of Gimpel, an ingenuous baker who is universally deceived but who declines to retaliate against his tormentors. Gimpel and the protagonists of the other stories in this volume all inhabit the distinctive pre–World War II ghettos of Poland and, beyond that, the larger world created by Singer's unforgettable prose.

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“Extraordinarily beautiful… It's the integrity of the human imagination that Singer conveys so beautifully.” —Alfred Kazin, The New Leader

“Singer is a genius. He has total command of his imagined world.” —Irving Howe, The New Republic

“A peerless storyteller, Singer restores the sheer enchantment with story, with outcome, with what-happens-next that has been denied most readers since their adolescence.” —David Boroff, Saturday Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374530259
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
01/10/2006
Series:
FSG Classics Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
609,450
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

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

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 14, 1904
Date of Death:
July 24, 1991
Place of Birth:
Radzymin, Poland
Place of Death:
Surfside, Florida
Education:
Attended Tachkemoni Rabbinical Seminary in Warsaw, Poland, 1920-27

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