'The scene is a dinner party on New York's Upper West Side, shortly after the conclusion of the second world war. In the living room, discussion ranges from Hitler, Stalin, Einstein and the atomic bomb, to Jewish philosophy, life in pre-war Poland and strudel. Meanwhile in a nearby bedroom, ardour and illicit desire are about to ignite. So begins Isaac Bashevis Singer's sprawling novel... [which] offers an exceptional and surprising view of the master, unearthed after his death; quintessential Singer.'
Janet Hadda, Guardian
'Singer's masterpiece, an unsettling, uncompromising novel that is often blackly comic as well.'
Elaine Showalter, London Review of Books
- Publication Date:
- 02 / 08 / 1999
- 129 x 198mm