The Slave

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Four years after the Chmielnicki massacres of the seventeenth century, Jacob, a slave and cowherd in a Polish village high in the mountains, falls in love with Wanda, his master's daughter. Even after he is ransomed, he finds he can't live without her, and the two escape together to a distant Jewish community. Racked by his consciousness of sin in taking a Gentile wife and by the difficulties of concealing her identity, Jacob nonetheless stands firm as the violence of the era ...

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Overview

Four years after the Chmielnicki massacres of the seventeenth century, Jacob, a slave and cowherd in a Polish village high in the mountains, falls in love with Wanda, his master's daughter. Even after he is ransomed, he finds he can't live without her, and the two escape together to a distant Jewish community. Racked by his consciousness of sin in taking a Gentile wife and by the difficulties of concealing her identity, Jacob nonetheless stands firm as the violence of the era threatens to destroy the ill-fated couple.

The love story of Jacob, held in bondage, and Wanda, his master's daughter, set in 17th century Poland.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The Slave is a burningly radiant, intensely beautiful book. Singer is answering his age like a prophet."—Ted Hughes, The New York Review of Books

"A peerless storyteller, Singer restores teh sheer enchantment with story, with outcome, with what-happens-next that has been denied most readers since their adolescence. There is about him a bardic quality that gives The Slave the strength and authority of a timeless folktale."--David Boroff, Saturday Review

Library Journal
Jacob is a Jew, a pogrom survivor, and a slave of Polish peasants; he lives a simple life as a cowherd, tolerated only because of his skills with animals. Against both Jewish and secular law, he falls in love with Wanda, a Christian. Ransomed by his hometown, he flees with Wanda and begins a new life. But because conversion of Christians is against the law and Wanda (now called Sara) cannot speak Yiddish, she must pose as a mute. In the throes of labor, Wanda finally speaks, dies, and is buried as an outcast, outside the Jewish cemetery. Jacob picks up his son and emigrates to the Holy Land, not to return for 20 years. Except for a few references to specific historical events, this story, set in the late 17th century, is timeless. It is read in alternating sections by two highly competent narrators, Tracy Sallows and David Chandler. The transitions between readers are smooth and add interest to the presentation. Recommended for moderate to large audio fiction collections; a necessary purchase for all Jewish libraries with literature collections.-I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Boone, IA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374506803
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/28/1988
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 349,495
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91) was the author of many novels, stories, children's book, and memoirs. He was awarded 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

Table of Contents

Part 1 Wanda 1
Part 2 Sarah 145
Part 3 The Return 281
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2003

    Wow!

    What is life about? This book is not allowed to read, this who reads fall in love with simple people with very small possibilities to live together, but they wish. Only freedom is in mind and she has chosen him freely. That is the book to make souls rich in their remembering connected with one line: the love between two people out of the time. I very like their story; this is love of the heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2002

    Wow!

    A story of a Jewish man back in history. A tale of life. Kind of simbalic. It is a rival to The Chosen and The Promise. It is, in my opinion, better than those two books. More interesting at least.

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