In the Days of Simon Stern

Overview


Nathan, a blind Jewish scribe, tells the story of the coming of the Messiah in the person of one Simon Stern—from his birth on the Lower East Side, through his career as a millionaire dealer in real estate, to his building of a refuge for the Jewish remnant of World War II.

"A majestic work of fiction that should stand world literature's test of time, to be read and reread. A masterpiece."—Commonweal

"This book ensnares one of the most extraordinarily daring ideas to inhabit an...

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Overview


Nathan, a blind Jewish scribe, tells the story of the coming of the Messiah in the person of one Simon Stern—from his birth on the Lower East Side, through his career as a millionaire dealer in real estate, to his building of a refuge for the Jewish remnant of World War II.

"A majestic work of fiction that should stand world literature's test of time, to be read and reread. A masterpiece."—Commonweal

"This book ensnares one of the most extraordinarily daring ideas to inhabit an American novel in a number of years. For one thing, it is that risky devising, dreamed of only by the Thomas Manns of the world, a serious and vastly conceived fiction bled out of the theological imagination. For another, it is clearly an 'American' novel—altogether American, despite its Jewish particularity: it is not so much about the history of the Jews as it is about the idea of the New World as haven. . . . In its teeming particularity every vein of this book runs with a brilliance of Jewish insight and erudition to be found in no other novelist. Arthur Cohen is the first writer of any American generation to compose a profoundly Jewish fiction on a profoundly Western theme."—Cynthia Ozick, New York Times Book Review

"This stately, ambitious amalgam of Jewish myth, history, theology, and speculations on the Jewish soul is like an enormous Judaic archeological ruin—often hard for the uninitiated to interpret, but impressive. . . . Intelligent, inventive, fascinating."—New Yorker

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226112541
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Series: Phoenix Fiction Series Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author


Arthur A. Cohen (1928-1986), novelist, essayist, and theologian, received the Edward Lewis Wallant Award in 1973 for In the Days of Simon Stern and the National Jewish Book Award in 1984. His A People Apart was nominated for a National Book Award in 1972. Cohen's novels Acts of Theft and A Hero in His Time are also available in Phoenix Fiction paperback editions from the University of Chicago Press.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2006

    unforgetable

    This is an inspiring and mysterious tale of a rich NY developer who, believing himself to be the Messiah, sets out to save the Jewish people. Despite having read this many, many years ago it remains one of the more fascinating and haunting jewish theme novels i have ever read. I highly recommend this book if you can get your hands on it. I am fortunate to have secured a signed copy before Mr Cohen passed away at a young age, well before his time. Mr Cohen was undopubtedly one of his times great hidden treasures.

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