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Henne Fire Summary
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Everything you need to understand or teach Henne Fire by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

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Henne Fire Summary

Introduction

Isaac Bashevis Singer's short story "Henne Fire" first appeared in the magazine Playboy and then in his 1968 collection entitled The Séance. Singer wrote this story, as he did his other works, in Yiddish, despite being fluent in English; the author and Dorothea Straus translated the story into English. Many critics and readers considered Singer a master of the short story form; among his numerous awards, he received the 1978 Nobel Prize in literature.

"Henne Fire" takes place in a small Polish village sometime before World War I but after the middle of the nineteenth century. The story is filled with supernatural and magical elements, and is told by one of Henne's neighbors in a familiar and intimate style. Henne Fire is a woman whose erratic and frightening behavior prompts the tale's narrator to refer to her as "not a human being but a fire from Gehenna," an ancient...

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