The North of God

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Melville House, Jun 1, 2008 - Fiction - 108 pages
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Through numerous books and stories, Steve Stern has become known for his fantastical (and often wildly comic) stories based on yiddish folklore—Harold Bloom has called him "a throwback to the Yiddish sublime." But with this novella, Stern matches his reverential understanding of that ancient story-telling's power against something he's never written about before: the Holocaust.

The result is a mesmerizing tour-de-force: In a boxcar crammed with Jews headed to a concentration camp, one man attempts to summon up a story vital enough to displace the horror.

The story that comes out is ultimately a swirling, sweeping saga about the stirring obstinacy of the human spirit. And by confronting the ultimate horror with the mythology he has long celebrated, it may also be the crowning achievement of Stern's career.

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User Review  - Rafal Cebula - Goodreads

This was a weird book. The plot was fantastic but the content was questionable. This is actually two stories, both of which are connected fables or folktales. The plot of the first revolves around a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

A weird little novella built out of Yiddish folklore and storytelling, and an impending sense of extermination and doom. Stern has obviously made himself an expert of this world, of shtetl life with ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (2008)

Steve Stern's fiction, with its deep grounding in Yiddish folklore, has prompted critics such as Cynthia Ozick to hail him as the successor to Isaac Bashevis Singer. He is the author of critically acclaimed books such as Isaac and the Undertaker's Daughter, winner of the Pushcart Writers' Choice Award; The Wedding Jester, which won the National Jewish Book Award; and, most recently, The Angel of Forgetfulness, one of The Washington Post's Best Books of 2006. Stern currently lives in Balston Spa, New York, and teaches at Skidmore College.

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