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A small group of Jews weave a web of intrigue and fantasy around a book reviewer's contention that he is the son of Borus Schultz, the legendary Polish writer killed by the Nazis before his magnum opus, THE MESSIAH, could be brought to light.
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Overview

A small group of Jews weave a web of intrigue and fantasy around a book reviewer's contention that he is the son of Borus Schultz, the legendary Polish writer killed by the Nazis before his magnum opus, THE MESSIAH, could be brought to light.
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"A truly intriguing mystery...Ozick brings off effects comparable to those of Isaac Bashevis Singer, who can persuade the reader to believe the incredible" -- D. J. Enright, The New York Review of Books

"An arresting, original puzzle of a novel...The orphan desperate to know his father, a familiar theme of fairy tales and myths, is made magical once again." -- People

"A spellbinding novel...The Messiah of Stockholm reaffirms Cynthia Ozick's position as one of the finest and most imaginative writers of our time." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Intrigues and entertains...weaves a tale that is richly, intensely imagined." -- Anne Tyler, The New Republic

"A striking book...Ozick writes with ferocious imaginative drive."

-- Boston Globe

"A magician...a literary alchemist...a brilliant wordsmith."

-- USA Today

Library Journal
ndeming, perhaps overly intellectual and certainly eccentric, is the Monday book reviewer for a Stockholm daily. He is also the self-proclaimed son of Bruno Schulz, a Polish writer who was executed by the Nazis before his last novel, The Messiah, could be published. When a manuscript of The Messiah mysteriously appears in Stockholm, in the possession of Schulz's ``daughter,'' Lars's circumscribed world of paper, apartment, and favorite bookstore turns upside down, catapulting him into a whirlwind of dream, magic, and illusion. Ozick's linguistic agility and inventive imagination, while uniquely her own, remind one of Isaac B. Singer at his inventive best. Enthusiastically recommended for general fiction collections. Marcia G. Fuchs, Guilford Free Lib., Ct.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394756943
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1988
  • Series: Vintage International Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 850,145
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Ozick
Cynthia Ozick
Long regarded as one of the country’s foremost literary luminaries, CYNTHIA OZICK attracts as much praise for her morally rigorous essays as for her satirically witty fiction. Counted among her impressive works of fiction are The Shawl (1989), which won an O. Henry Prize for both short stories that comprise it. She is a Man Booker International Prize nominee as well as a National Book Critics Circle Award winner.
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  • Posted September 3, 2013

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    interesting philosophical novel that not many people understand.

    interesting philosophical novel that not many people understand. underrated.

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