Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374530259
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 1/10/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 451,319
  • 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.

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2001

    WOW

    This book was just incredible. I was so enthralled by the stories. Isaac Bashevis Singer is a genius. My favorite stories were 'Gimpel the Fool' and 'Fire.' If you want to learn about Jewish traditions and people in general, this is a book not to be missed. I guarantee that you will laugh out loud.

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