Isaac Bashevis Singer | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Edward Hirsch

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Critical Essay by Edward Hirsch

Isaac Bashevis Singer's new books, a memoir [A Young Man in Search of Love] and a novel [Shosha], are two more rescue operations in his ongoing literary raid on the vanished world of prewar Poland. Although A Young Man in Search of Love follows the conventions of autobiography, and Shosha, those of fiction, the impulse behind both narratives is to recapture a lost world, to render the rich interior and exterior lives of people responding to unique circumstances. In the foreground of each book, an ambitious young author … encounters a heterogeneous blend of worldly and unworldly Jews. In the background, a heavy German blade hovers overhead. Singer writes from the other side of that fallen Nazi knife; it has been his remarkable achievement to penetrate its steel surface, to capture the uncapturable. (p. 34)

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