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Isaac Bashevis Singer’s memories of his youth in Poland make a powerful, brilliant children’s book. The author lays out a panorama of Jewish life in the city—the rabbis in black velvet and gabardine, the shopkeepers, the street urchins and schoolboys, the poverty, the confusion, the excitement of the prewar time. But even more, the author reveals himself; and the torments and mysteries that plagued him as a child will make his stories fascinating to other children.
Nobel Prize-winner Singer’s 10th collection of short stories demonstrates “the same vigor that he has shown throughout his long career” (New York Times) and reaffirms his place as an extremely popular and enduring author.
The forty-seven stories in this collection, selected by Singer himself out of nearly one hundred and fifty, range from the publication of his now-classic first collection, Gimpel the Fool, in 1957, until 1981. They include supernatural tales, slices of life from Warsaw and the shtetls of Eastern Europe, and stories of the Jews displaced from that world to the New World, from the East Side of New York to California and Miami.