Magician of Lublin

ISBN-10: 0374532540
ISBN-13: 9780374532543
Edition: 2010
List price: $15.00
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Description: Yasha Mazur is a Houdini-like performer whose skill has made him famous throughout eastern Poland. Half Jewish, half gentile, a freethinker who slips easily between worlds, Yasha has an observant Jewish wife, a gentile assistant who travels with  More...

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List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 9/14/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Yasha Mazur is a Houdini-like performer whose skill has made him famous throughout eastern Poland. Half Jewish, half gentile, a freethinker who slips easily between worlds, Yasha has an observant Jewish wife, a gentile assistant who travels with him, and a mistress in every town. For Yasha is an escape artist, not only onstage but in life, a man who lives under the spell of his own hypnotic effect on women. Now, though, his exploits are catching up with him, and he is tempted to make one final escapefrom his wife and her faith and their homeland. Set in the shtetls and Warsaw of the 1870sbut first published in 1960Isaac Bashevis Singer's second novel hides a haunting psychological portrait inside a beguiling parable. At its heart, this is a book about the burden of sexual freedom. As such, it belongs on a small shelf with such midcentury classics asRabbit, Run;The Adventures of Augie March; andThe Moviegoer. As Milton Hindus wrote inThe New York Times Book Review, "The pathos of the ending may move the reader to tears, but they are not sentimental tears . . . [Singer] is a writer of far greater than ordinary powers."

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91) was the author of many novels, stories, children's books, and memoirs. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.

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