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In the Days of Simon Stern (Phoenix Fiction)

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Nathan, a blind Jewish scribe, tells the story of the coming of the Messiah in the person of one Simon Stern—from his birth on the Lower East Side, through his career as a millionaire dealer in real estate, to his building of a refuge for the Jewish remnant of World War II.

"A majestic work of fiction that should stand world literature's test of time, to be read and reread. A masterpiece."—Commonweal

"This book ensnares one of the most extraordinarily daring ideas to inhabit an American novel in a number of years. For one thing, it is that risky devising, dreamed of only by the Thomas Manns of the world, a serious and vastly conceived fiction bled out of the theological imagination. For another, it is clearly an 'American' novel—altogether American, despite its Jewish particularity: it is not so much about the history of the Jews as it is about the idea of the New World as haven. . . . In its teeming particularity every vein of this book runs with a brilliance of Jewish insight and erudition to be found in no other novelist. Arthur Cohen is the first writer of any American generation to compose a profoundly Jewish fiction on a profoundly Western theme."—Cynthia Ozick, New York Times Book Review

"This stately, ambitious amalgam of Jewish myth, history, theology, and speculations on the Jewish soul is like an enormous Judaic archeological ruin—often hard for the uninitiated to interpret, but impressive. . . . Intelligent, inventive, fascinating."—New Yorker

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This states, ambitious amalgam of Jewish myth, history, theology, and speculations on the Jewish soul is like an enormous Judaic archaeological ruin-often hard for the uninitiated to interpret, but impressive, intelligent, inventive, and fascinating.

About the Author

Arthur A. Cohen (1928-1986), novelist, essayist, and theologian, received the Edward Lewis Wallant Award in 1973 for In the Days of Simon Stern and the National Jewish Book Award in 1984. His A People Apart was nominated for a National Book Award in 1972. Cohen's novels Acts of Theft and A Hero in His Time are also available in Phoenix Fiction paperback editions from the University of Chicago Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226112541
Author:
Cohen, Arthur A.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Polish americans
Subject:
Jewish men
Subject:
Jewish men -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Jewish fiction.
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Phoenix Fiction Series
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
470
Dimensions:
7.96x5.22x1.01 in. 1.00 lbs.

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