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Isaac Bashevis Singer begins with a disconcerting irony: "I was brought up in three dead languages - Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish. He invites us to a seance to hear their voices; Shosha is a haunting rather than a novel. The narrator, Aaron Greidinger, a rabbi's son, born before the first world war on Krochmalna Street in the Jewish quarter of Warsaw, forms a childhood attachment to a neighbour's daughter, the naive Shosha. Time passes; Greidinger forgets her as he abandons Hassidic orthodoxy for the life of the neurotic urban intelligentsia. He embraces alienation as comprehensively as he embraces women.

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In Shosha Singer describes this novel as "a story of a few unique characters in unique circumstances"--the background being the s in Warsaw, the years of Hitler's rise to power. The characters are the narrator, Aaron Greidinger, familiarly known as Tsutsik, an aspiring young writer, and his circle of bohemian friends.

Chief among them is Dr. Morris Feitelzohn, a member of the Writers' Club who, just when Tsutsik's life has reached its lowest point, introduces him to a rich American, Sam Dreiman, and his mistress, Betty Slonim, an actress. To further Betty's career, the American decides to put up the money for a play Tsutsik is writing, and the young man's life is suddenly transformed. He finds himself emotionally involved with four women--Betty, who admires his talent; Celia, an older married woman he meets through Dr.

Feitelzohn; Tekla, a girl from the country who works as a maid in his new flat; and Dora the Marxist, an old flame with whom he is reconciled on the eve of her Soviet departure.

Tsutsik's and Shosha's subsequent fate and that of all the friends, revealed in an epilogue in Israel, rounds off this wonderful saga of human unpredictability, self-deception, and humor in the midst of tragedy.

Prescott has stated in Newsweek. Published by Macmillan. Isaac Bashevis Singer. Works Books. About Biography. Shosha Shosha, by Isaac Bashevis Singer. SHOSHA In Shosha Singer describes this novel as "a story of a few unique characters in unique circumstances"--the background being the s in Warsaw, the years of Hitler's rise to power.

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Welcome sign in sign up. There is no walled-in room that could not be opened by such a door, provided one were strong enough to suggest that such a door exists. Shosha is another among these mordant retrievals. It is a stunted novel about stunted lives. The saturnine Aaron Greidinger, a playwright, is chasing wisdom and girls in a Warsaw filled with despair. Hitler has taken hold of Germany and advances unopposed toward Poland.

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In Shosha Singer describes this novel as "a story of a few unique characters in unique circumstances"--the background being the s in Warsaw, the years of Hitler's rise to power. The characters are the narrator, Aaron Greidinger, familiarly known as Tsutsik, an aspiring young writer, and his circle of bohemian friends. Chief among them is Dr. Morris Feitelzohn, a member of the Writers' Club who, just when Tsutsik's life has reached its lowest point, introduces him to a rich American, Sam Dreiman, and his mistress, Betty Slonim, an actress. To further Betty's career, the American decides to put up the money for a play Tsutsik is writing, and the young man's life is suddenly transformed.

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Some months back, I relocated an antique bookcase long ago constructed from the headboard of some ancient bed to a wall in our bedroom just opposite my own pillow. It is packed full with scores of mass market paperbacks, a now mostly obsolete format that once thrived as a means to put both great literature and pulp into the hands of a wider population in inexpensive, portable editions. So it was that I went to sleep each night staring at my own eclectic array of mass markets — classics, literature, sci-fi and, yes, some pulp — collected almost entirely during my teen years. This is how it was that I came to read Shosha by Isaac Bashevis Singer, randomly plucked from that shelf between yawns one evening. Singer, who was born in Warsaw when it was a part of Russia Poland ceased to be a nation during its long partition from , left Europe on the eve of the rise of Hitler and spent most of his long life in the United States, where he established a reputation in the Yiddish literary movement based upon his themes of Jewish mysticism, morality, philosophy and vegetarianism that eventually earned him a Nobel Prize. Like much of his work, Shosha was originally written in Yiddish.

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