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God, Jew, Satan in the Works of Isaac Bashevis-Singer

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The roots and origins of Isaac Bashevis Singer's works are illuminated in this comprehensive survey. Biletzky treats his subject from several perspectives, describing Singer's life story and its influence on his work while also critiquing Singer's work and focusing on its realistic and nonrealistic dimensions. The author also explores the relationship between Singer's work and the work of Shalom Aleichem and I.L. Peretz, an analysis which synthesizes the Jewish and the Yiddish in Singer's thought and writing. ...
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Overview

The roots and origins of Isaac Bashevis Singer's works are illuminated in this comprehensive survey. Biletzky treats his subject from several perspectives, describing Singer's life story and its influence on his work while also critiquing Singer's work and focusing on its realistic and nonrealistic dimensions. The author also explores the relationship between Singer's work and the work of Shalom Aleichem and I.L. Peretz, an analysis which synthesizes the Jewish and the Yiddish in Singer's thought and writing. Contents: Roots; In the Ways of Creativity; The Storyteller; Between the Real and the Unreal; Devils. Satans. Imps. Evil Spirits; Satan in Goraj; The Muskat Family; The Slave; The Miracle Worker of Lublin; The Manor. The Estate; The Dumb Souls of I.L. Peretz and Gimpel Tam; The Painter's Studio and Father's Courtroom.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal Of Jewish Studies
Discussion of the roles if religion, mysticism, rationalism and pornography in literature provide valuable insights into the complexities of this most important body of post-war Yiddish imaginative fiction.
Booknews
Examines some themes in the work of Polish-born US Yiddish writer Singer (1904-). Some of the chapter titles are "In the Ways of Creativity," "Between the Real and the Unreal," "The Miracle Worker of Lublin," and "The Dumb Souls of I L. Peretz and Gimpel Tam." No preface, introduction, bibliography, or index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819198297
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 5/9/1995
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

A Tale of Rescue
When the Great Maggid was Telling a Simple Tale
Ch. 1 Roots 5
Ch. 2 In the Ways of Creativity 11
Ch. 3 The Storyteller 27
Ch. 4 Between the Real and the Unreal 45
Ch. 5 Devils. Satan. Imps. Evil Spirits 55
Ch. 6 Satan in Goraj 73
Ch. 7 The Muskat Family 91
Ch. 8 The Slave 105
Ch. 9 The Miracle Worker of Lublin 119
Ch. 10 The Manor. The Estate 125
Ch. 11 The Dumb Souls of I.L. Peretz and Gimpel Tam 137
Ch. 12 The Painter's Studio and Father's Courtroom 145
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