Enemies: A Love Story Summary
Enemies deals with Holocaust survivors' readjustment to the mainstream of society. The Hitler era had left its imprint upon them and even when Herman, the main character, is given the opportunity to emigrate to America to start anew, he finds life too complicated to handle. As a husband to three women, he develops into a cheat, a swindler, and a liar. Family life and monogamy are lost virtues.
Like much of the Holocaust literature, Enemies wrestles with the idea that the Holocaust survivors are the perpetuators of Judaism, memorializing those obliterated by Hitler's savagery. Previously traditionalist, the main character begins to ponder the existence of God, especially in light of the Holocaust. Herman, now in America, struggling to find a new life, claims he does not know God and begins to turn away. He tries desperately to assimilate into American life; he marries a Gentile, keeps...
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Isaac Bashevis Singer Biographies (7)
3,765 words, approx. 13 pages
Biography EssayIn his novels and short stories, Isaac Bashevis Singer has created a world of ghosts, dybbuks, witches, and demons, a world of eccentric people strongly rooted in the shtetls of Poland...
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Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991), Polish-American author, was admired for his re-creation of the forgotten world of provincial 19th-century Poland and his depiction of a timeless Jewish ghetto existe...
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Throughout his long and prolific career, Isaac Bashevis Singer was a writer of seeming contradictions. He wrote solely in Yiddish, a language whose speakers were almost completely wiped out in World W...
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One of the most distinguished and honored of modern writers and certainly deserving of the Nobel Prize for literature awarded him in 1978, Isaac Bashevis Singer is an anomaly as an American and a nove...
3,569 words, approx. 12 pages
In his novels and short stories, Isaac Bashevis Singer has created a world of ghosts, dybbuks, witches, and demons, a world of eccentric people strongly rooted in the shtetls of Poland and of disorien...
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Isaac Bashevis Singer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978, first began to write for children in 1966. Three of his first four books were Newbery Honor Books; his fifth, A Day of Pleasure...
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Isaac Bashevis Singer, the only Yiddish writer ever to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, was among the most popular and widely read authors of the twentieth century. By the time of his death a...
Essays & Analysis (2)
440 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Alex Szogyi
[In Enemies: A Love Story Singer created a masterpiece of Jewish amatory surrealism that] painted the madness of the flesh against a backdrop of imminent world destructio...
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In the following essay, Cohen considers the role of female characters in Singer's fiction through analysis of Enemies and Shosha. Cohen concludes that Singer's fiction is not misogynisti...