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The slave : a novel /
by Isaac Bashevis Singer ; translated from the Yiddish by the author and Cecil Hemley.
imprint
New York : Noonday Press, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1962
description
311 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN
0374506809
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New York : Noonday Press, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1962
isbn
0374506809
catalogue key
11921222
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91) was the author of many novels, stories, children's books, and memoirs. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-06-01:
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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review Quotes
"The Slaveis 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 Slavethe strength and authority of a timeless folktale."--David Boroff, Saturday Review
" The Slaveis 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 Slavethe strength and authority of a timeless folktale."- -David Boroff, Saturday Review
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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 threatens to destroy the ill-fated couple. Isaac Bashevis Singer(1904-91) was the author of many novels, stories, children's books, and memoirs. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978. 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 Slaveis a burningly radiant, intensely beautiful book. Singer is answering his age like a prophet."Ted Hughes,The New York Review of Books "He is a spellbinder as clever as Schecherazade; he arrests the reader at once, transports him to a far place and a far, improbable time and does not let him go until the end."Jean Stafford,The New Republic "A peerless storyteller, Singer restores the 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 givesThe Slavethe strength and authority of a timeless folktale."David Boroff,Saturday Review
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Wandap. 1
Sarahp. 145
The Returnp. 281
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