Literature: Fiction, Drama, Poetry

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Literature: Fiction, Drama, Poetry

American Jewish Fiction: A Century of Stories, edited by Gerald Shapiro. Lincoln: University, of Nebraska Press, 1998. 432 pp. ISBN 0-8032-4264-6 (c); 0-8032-9252-X (p).

This anthology presents a cross-section of Jewish American fiction and covers a full century of writings from turn-of-the-century immigrant fiction to stories by young contemporary writers.

Apples from the Desert, by Savyon Liebrecht. New York: Feminist Press, 1998. 234 pp. ISBN 1-55861-190-8.

In Israel, a country where women's literature has historically been close to invisible, Savyon Liebrecht has achieved popular and critical acclaim. This collection of her stories delves into the psychology of Israel through the eyes of characters who strive to maintain normality within their war-scarred culture. Liebrecht critiques her homeland in a spirit of both love and sorrow.

The Book of Memories, by Aria Maria Shua, translated by Dick Gerdes. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1998. 178 pp. ISBN 0-8263-1948-3 (c); 0-8263-1949-1 (p).

This work of fiction, originally published in Spanish in 1994, recounts a Jewish family's history as seen through the eyes of three generations of women. Grandfather Gedalia leaves Poland and sails to Argentina. There he heads a clan that includes assorted humorous characters, through whose exploits the author views immigrant life in Argentina, the role of women, and the power and limits of machismo and nationalism.

The Complete Stories of Bernard Malamud, edited and introduced by Robert Giroux. …