Kafka in Bront

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Library Journal
This masterly collection is far better than its awkward title would suggest. Set in England, Yellin's stories are about what she calls "the cruelties of time"-understanding that comes too late, love that comes not at all. Her characters include a translator whose international marriage has come apart, a woman explaining why she can't stand the uncle she visits weekly, a piano tuner whose craft abandons him, and a younger sister seeking her long-lost brother. Many of these people are Jewish or otherwise outside the mainstream of British life, and Yellin movingly documents the effort required both to fit in and to remain distinct. Readers of all backgrounds will recognize the indignities of aging, the families who are estranged or too close, and the struggle to find a place for oneself in the world. Although the book opens with a story that is spare to the point of being unnecessarily mysterious, readers are encouraged to persevere. Yellin (also author of the scholarly page-turner The Genizah at the House of Shefer) writes beautifully and with great insight, and as a whole this collection is a tremendous success. Strongly recommended for both academic and public libraries.-Leora Bersohn, Columbia Univ., New York Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592641536
  • Publisher: Toby Press LLC, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 1,206,387
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Return to Zion 1
Kafka in Bronteland 11
The other Mr. Perella 23
The girlfriend 33
Dr. Stein 49
Uncle Oswald 57
Mrs. Rubin and her daughter 71
An Italian child 83
Waiting for rain 93
Mr. Applewick 107
Moonlight 123
A new story for Nada 135
A letter from Josef K. 145
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