A magnificent, terrifying, panoramic view of the decline of the Polish Jewry told by the Nobel Prize winning writer, Isaac Bashevis Singer
In the topsy-turvy years between the dawn of the twentieth century and the dark days of 1939, the Moskat family battled on. But like many Jewish families in Poland they can no longer turn a blind eye to the dwindling of their fortunes. In Warsaw, where saints mingle with swindlers, tough Zionists argue with mystic philosophers, and medieval rabbis rub shoulders with ultra-modern painters, life is inexorably changing. Secularism and war inch nearer and the family Moskat clings on.
“A masterpiece, a triumph of realism, precisely finished, exactly located, a miraculous marriage of accuracy and imagination”
“A loving and detailed portrait of Jewish life in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust.”
Globe & Mail
“His greatest work.”
Ian Samson, Guardian '1000 novels everyone must read'
“Whatever region his writing inhabits, it is blazing with life and actuality”
New York Review of Books, Ted Hughes
“He makes most contemporary practitioners of the art of fiction look like singers with only one song”
“Isaac Bashevis Singer celebrates the dignity, mystery and unexpected joy of living with more art and fervour than any other writer-one of the very best storytellers”