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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 Slave is 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 gives The Slave the strength and authority of a timeless folktale."David Boroff, Saturday Review

Review:

"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

Review:

"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 gives The Slave the strength and authority of a timeless folktale." David Boroff, Saturday Review

Synopsis:

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.

About 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374506803
Translator:
Singer, Isaac Bashevis
Translator:
Hemley, Cecil
Translator:
Singer, Isaac Bashevis
Translator:
Hemley, Cecil
Author:
Singer, Isaac Bashevis
Author:
Hemley, Cecil
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Jews -- Fiction.
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
magical realism
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19881031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.4 x 1.1 in

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Product details 320 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374506803 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The Slave is a burningly radiant, intensely beautiful book. Singer is answering his age like a prophet."
"Review" by , "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 gives The Slave the strength and authority of a timeless folktale."
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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