Satan in Goray

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Vintage, 2000 - Insanity, Religious - 239 pages
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The pogrom that had swept through Poland was now being hailed as a sign of the Coming of the Lord, the birth pangs of the Messiah. And in the little town of Goray, laid waste by murder, famine and demonic spirits, the stargazers said that they had seen one Sabbatai Zevi, robed in purple, riding a wild lion into the city of Jerusalem.

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User Review  - figre - LibraryThing

If you are not ready to wade into intricacies of 17th Century Jewish life, issues, and politics, then you may want to shy away from this book. However, in spite of what could be a tough read because ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A strange story for modern readers of a tiny town on 17th century Poland, where first the Jewish population is decimated by the marauding Cossacks- then, as they creep back to reestablish their homes ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Isaac Bashevis Singer was born in 1904, in Poland, the son of a rabbi. Fleeing fascism in 1935, he emigrated to America, penniless and knowing little English. 'I think that the whole of human history is one big Holocaust,' he said in 1987, when asked why there was no direct mention of the Holocaust in his fiction. 'It is not only Jewish history. We can call human history the history of the human Holocaust'. Singer's fiction - novels such as The Family Moskat (1950) and The Magician of Lublin (1960), and story collections such as Gimpel the Fool (1957) and The Spinoza of Market Street (1961) - became admired internationally and he was awarded the Nobel prize in 1978. He died in 1998.

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