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Max Barabander, distraught over the recent death of his son, flees the life ofwealth and respectabilty he has attained in Buenos Aires, to return to thepo verty and shadows of his ...
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Max Barabander, distraught over the recent death of his son, flees the life ofwealth and respectabilty he has attained in Buenos Aires, to return to thepo verty and shadows of his youth spent in Warsaw. He fears animpotence which leads him to the pursuit of mindless sex with five different women who view him only as an escape from their drab lives. The author recalls the teeminglife of 1906 Jewish Warsaw in this impressive novel of changing mores and values. .
"Mr. Singer displays his usual verve for storytelling. His energetic prose, his exuberant imagination, his ability to make familiar plots yield an endless supply of new twists -- all are joyously undiminished."
--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Marvellous descriptions of Warsaw life."
"That Singer is a master storyteller is evident in this compelling--and quite modern--tale.... a striking novel ... full of memorable characters sketched with great artistry. Highly recommended."
"The plot of 'Scum' is simple, but Mr. Singer twists it until its vision is new and unexpected."
-- Bette Pesetsky, The New York Times