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  • Published: 15 March 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099483601
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $24.99

Scum



'Whatever region his writing inhabits, it is blazing with life and actuality' Ted Hughes, New York Review of Books

It is 1906. The death of his seventeen-year-old son, Arturo, has disrupted the life of Max Barabander in Buenos Aires, sending him back to his roots in Warsaw. Having attained wealth and respectability after a youth of poverty and a prison stretch for theft, Max revisits scenes of the past in the thieves' quarter in Warsaw finding congenial underworld company. Visiting his old haunts reminds him of his early religious upbringing and he begins to fear the rabbi will put a curse on him for evil behaviour. As his spiritual disorder accelerates, he is finally driven to violence. A novel that foreshadows the twentieth-century's changing mores and loss of ethical values, SCUM is an impressive example of the extraordinary talent of a master storyteller.

  • Published: 15 March 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099483601
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Issac Bashevis Singer was born in Poland in 1904, and emigrated to the United States in 1935, shortly after his first novel, Satan in Goray, had been published in instalments. In 1943 he became a US citizen, but he continued to write almost exclusively in Yiddish, personally supervising the translation of his works into English. In 1978 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Issac Bashevis Singer died in Florida in 1991.

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991) was the author of many novels, stories, children's books, and a memoir. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978.

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