Literature: Fiction, Drama, Poetry

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Literature: Fiction, Drama, Poetry

Glass Hearts, by Terri Paul. Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers, 1999. 322 pp. ISBN 0-89733-470-1.

This is the story of a young girl, Serene, whose father has vanished from their small Hungarian village just before World War I, leaving his beleaguered Jewish family to fend for themselves in a time of danger and disruption.

The Jewish Lover, by Edward Topol, translated by Christopher Barnes. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998. 403 pp. ISBN 0-312-15557-3.

Iosif Rubinchik is a nonpracticing Jew who pursues his passion for truth through journalism and his passion for young, goddesslike Russian women while on assignment. He is pursued by his sworn enemy, KGB agent Colonel Oleg Dmitryevich Barsky, to serve as a public example of the harm that will come to Jewish citizens of Russia if they emigrate. The plot is worked out amid drama, humor, suspense, and romance.

Random Harvest: The Novellas of Bialik, by Hayyim Nahman Bialik, translated by David Patterson and Ezra Spicehandler. …