Collected Stories II: A Friend of Kafka to Passions

Collected Stories II A Friend of Kafka to Passions To mark the centennial of the birth of Isaac Bashevis Singer The Library of America presents Collected Stories a major celebration of Singer s achievement Beginning with Gimpel the Fool whose title

  • Title: Collected Stories II: A Friend of Kafka to Passions
  • Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer Ilan Stavans
  • ISBN: 9781931082624
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Hardcover
  • To mark the centennial of the birth of Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Library of America presents Collected Stories, a major celebration of Singer s achievement Beginning with Gimpel the Fool, whose title story brought Singer to sudden prominence in America when translated by Saul Bellow in 1953, and concluding with The Death of Methuselah, the collection published three yearTo mark the centennial of the birth of Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Library of America presents Collected Stories, a major celebration of Singer s achievement Beginning with Gimpel the Fool, whose title story brought Singer to sudden prominence in America when translated by Saul Bellow in 1953, and concluding with The Death of Methuselah, the collection published three years before his death in 1991, this three volume edition brings together for the first time all the story collections Singer published in English in the versions he called his second originals translations he supervised and collaborated on, revising as he worked In addition, Collected Stories includes previously uncollected or unpublished stories from his manuscripts in the Ransom Center collections, providing a rare glimpse into the workshop of a literary genius Here are nearly 200 stories the full range of Singer s vision encompassing Old World shtetl and New World exile Born in Poland in 1904 into a family of rabbis, Singer was raised in a traditional culture that perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Second World War, and his haunting stories testify to the richness of that vanished world Singer s Old World tales reveal a wild, mischievous, often disturbing supernaturalism evocative of local storytelling traditions After his immigration to America, Singer s stories increasingly explore the daily lived reality and imaginative boundaries of Jewish culture as it was transplanted to the United States, revealing him to be the emblematic immigrant American writer, a writer whose vision and insights enlarged our idea of what it is to be an American.

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    1. The second of three volumes of the short stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer contains three collections originally published between 1970-1975. Whereas the first volume focused primarily on late 19th/early 20th century Jewish/Yiddish stories from Poland and Galicia—ranging from vignettes about individuals to more mystical fantasy about demons, imps, dybbuks and angels—this volume includes more semi-autobiographical stories about life among the Yiddish friends and acquaintances of Singer. But th [...]

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