Gimpel the Fool: And Other Stories

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Macmillan, Jan 10, 2006 - Fiction - 205 pages
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Isaac Bashevis Singer’s first collection of stories, Gimpel the Fool, is a landmark work that has attracted international acclaim since it was first published in 1957. In Saul Bellow’s masterly translation, the title story follows the exploits of Gimpel, an ingenuous baker who is universally deceived but who declines to retaliate against his tormentors. Gimpel and the protagonists of the other stories in this volume all inhabit the distinctive pre–World War II ghettos of Poland and, beyond that, the larger world created by Singer’s unforgettable prose.

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User Review  - Myles - Goodreads

(4.6/5.0) These are wonderful stories– the kind I imagine my ancestors sharing over soup in some Russian hovel. Not unlike the paintings of Marc Chagall, Singer's stories fuse folklore and reality, creating lush alternative spaces and beautifully rumpled characters. Read full review

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User Review  - Zöe Zhai - Goodreads

Gimpel the Fool made the reputation of Isaac Singer, however, it is a regular story about village fool. I didn't read it very carefully. But The Cafeteria is the best short story I've read so far. It ... Read full review

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

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