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Isaac Bashevis Singer (1903-1991) was a Polish-born Jewish-American author of short stories, novels, essays, cultural criticism, memoirs, and stories for children. His career spanned nearly seven decades of literary production, at the center of which was the translation of his work from Yiddish into English, which he undertook with various collaborators and editors. Singer published widely during his lifetime, with nearly sixty stories appearing in The New Yorker, and received numerous awards and prizes, including two Newberry Honor Book Awards (1968 & 1969), two National Book Awards (1970 & 1974) and the Nobel Prize for Literature (1978). Known for fiction that portrayed 19th-century Polish Jewry as well as supernatural tales that combined Jewish mysticism with demonology, Singer was a master storyteller whose sights were set squarely on the tension between human nature and the human spirit.
“Singer celebrates the dignity, mystery, and unexpected joy of living with more art and fervor than any other writer alive. He is concerned with all the major themes, with good and evil, belief and doubt, action and contemplation, the nature of illusion and the joys of the flesh.” – Newsweek
“In Shosha, Singer captures the exquisite human drive for pleasure and transcendence that continues even in the face of certain doom. In this expressive and remarkable novel, the originality and sheer charism of Singer’s characters are stunning as are the author’s insights into humanity.” – Fig Tree Books Reviews
“Shosha is a haunting, rather than a novel. Singer begins with a disconcerting Irony, ‘I was brought up in three dead languages—Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish.” This ironic statement functions as an invocation of those who spoke the Yiddish of Poland. He invites us to a séance to hear their voices.” – The Guardian
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Shosha is the first title in Isaac Bashevis Singer: Classic Editions, a new series that makes his best-known works available for new generations of readers. Future titles include The Slave, Yentl the Yeshiva Boy and Other Stories (including Short Friday), The Collected Stories, and Stories for Children.
A delightful sequel to a cherished autobiographical collection by the Nobel Laureate
In My Father's Court is one of Isaac Bashevis Singer's most affecting autobiographical works. The stories in it, published serially in the Jewish Daily Forward, depict the beth din in his father's home on Krochmalna Street in Warsaw. A unique institution, the beth din was a combined court of law, synagogue, scholarly institution, and psychologist's office where people sought out the advice and counsel of a neighborhood rabbi.
The thirty-one stories gathered here, none previously published in English, show this world as it appeared to a young boy: In "A Guest in the Prayerhouse," a man who has converted to Judaism embarrasses the community with his extreme piety; in "She Will Surely Be Ashamed," a couple come for a divorce after forty years of marriage even though they are still in love; in the extraordinary "He Begs Forgiveness," a jeweler apologizes to his former fiancée for abandoning her twelve years before, igniting the imagination of the young Singer, who dreams of writing stories about dark, eternal love. From the earthy to the ethereal, these stories provide an intimate and powerful evocation of a world.
El recuento del viaje espiritual de un hombre de La mano de uno de los más grandes novelistas Yidis de la historia.
Joseph Shapiro, judío polaco, huye de su país en 1939. Deambula por Europa y acaba en Rusia, en 1945, donde se reencuentra con Celia, una vieja amiga con quien se acaba casando. En 1947, el matrimonio emigra a Estados Unidos.
Shapiro empieza una nueva vida y acaba ganando una fortuna con sus negocios inmobiliarios. No obstante, no se siente cómodo con los valores de la sociedad que lo ha acogido, en la que se paga a la idolatría de todo género y parece que se desprecie la verdad. Como consecuencia de su malestar, inicia una incansable búsqueda de sí mismo y de las raíces de su cultura y su familia que, finalmente, lo llevará a establecerse en Israel.
La crítica ha dicho:
"Uno de los momentos más felices de la larga carrera de Singer es el Premio Nobel, en 1978. El otro,es este libro."
Paul Gary, Time