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The Resource The slave, a novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer ; translated from the Yiddish by the author and Cecil Hemley

The slave, a novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer ; translated from the Yiddish by the author and Cecil Hemley

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The slave
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The slave
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a novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer ; translated from the Yiddish by the author and Cecil Hemley
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  • eng
  • yid
  • eng
Summary
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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Award
National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, 1963.
Review
Set in 17th century Poland, at a time when marauding Ukranian Cossacks perpetrated the most helnous of crimes against the Jewish populace, Singer's novel traces the development of Taimudle scholar Jacob Josefov from his literal bondage among the pagan-Christian peasants to his existential freedom from the fetters of doctrinal commitment. By marrying the daughter of his master, against judaic, Christian and Polish law, Jacob sets himself and his wife Wanda apart from the community of men. Though they do finally settle among Jacob's people, wanda, lest she reveal her background, must feign muteness. She is cut off from all but Jacob. And Jacob himself is isolated by his love for Wanda. Wanda is silent until the pangs of childbirth and the awareness of impending death compel her to speak. She speaks and dies. The community refuses to inter her body in Jewish soil. Jacob must take his infant son and fice. And it is then, aware finally of the simplicity of man-to-God relationship and the complexity of that which involves man and man, man and himself, that he releases himself from the trappings of law to become a free man and a prophet among his people. Singer, along with Cecil Hemicy, has translated his own work. And a remarkable job it is: The descriptions of pagan barbarism, the filth of poverty, the legacy of plunder are overwhelmingly graphic. Jacob's quite modern plight is superbly delineated. Exciting, exotic, quite moving, The Slave could do very well indeed. (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 1962)
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056080
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1904-1991
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Isaac Bashevis, Singer
Dewey number
839/.133
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no index present
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fiction
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Hemley, Cecil
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True
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  • Jews
  • Interfaith marriage
  • Jews
  • Jews
  • Poland
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The slave, a novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer ; translated from the Yiddish by the author and Cecil Hemley
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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647440
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
311 pages
Isbn
9780374506803
Lccn
97199048
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9780374506803
  • (OCoLC)39706736
Label
The slave, a novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer ; translated from the Yiddish by the author and Cecil Hemley
Publication
Manufacture
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
647440
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
311 pages
Isbn
9780374506803
Lccn
97199048
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780374506803
  • (OCoLC)39706736

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