Isaac Bashevis Singer: conversations
University Press of Mississippi, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 259 pages
Isaac Bashevis Singer loved to give interviews. He was famous for encouraging interruptions of the solitary task of writing. These twenty-four welcomed interruptions are representative of the many he allowed over a twenty-five-year period. Included here are his conversations with such interviewers as Irving Howe, Laurie Colwin, Richard Burgin, and Herbert R. Lottman. In these talks Singer discusses the nature of his writing, its ethnic roots, his demonology, the importance of free will, and the place of storytelling in human life. The interviews with Singer reveal both his impish sense of humor and a determination that sustained him through many years of limited acclaim and comparative neglect by critics. Yiddishists often faulted him for refusing to use his talent as a force for change in the world, Jewish readers often deplored his use of pre-Enlightenment folk material, and academics could not take too seriously a writer who insisted on telling stories that emphasized plot and character. Yet he was not deterred from his astonishing and beloved work, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
An Interview with Isaac Bashevis Singer Joel Blocker
A Visit to Isaac Bashevis Singer Reena Sara Ribalow
He Builds Bridges to the Past Melvin Maddocks
15 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
Alma American become believe brother Burgin Cabala character create critics demons devil English everything evil exist fact Family Moskat Farrar father Father's Court feel fiction folklore free choice Gimpel the Fool Golub happen Hasidic Hebrew human I. B. Singer idea Interviewers Isaac Bashevis Singer Isaac Singer Jewish Daily Forward Jews Kafka kind knew language literary live look Magician of Lublin mean modern mysticism nature never Nobel Prize novel passion person philosophy play point of view Poland powers question rabbi readers religion Sabbatai Zevi Satan in Goray Saul Bellow Sholem Aleichem short stories shtetl sometimes Spinoza storyteller Straus and Giroux supernatural symbolic talk tell things told Tolstoy tradition translation true Warsaw woman words write in Yiddish written wrote Yasha Yentl Yiddish writers York young