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  • Published: 4 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9780141197623
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 234
  • RRP: $22.99

The Slave


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A richly compelling tale of folklore and witchcraft from this modern master, new to Penguin Modern Classics

Jacob, a Jewish slave held in a mountain village after escaping a massacre by Cossacks, will be killed if he tries to escape. The one saving grace is his love for his master's daughter, Wanda. They begin a secret affair, trying to avoid the cruelty of the other villagers, until one day Jacob's fortunes unexpectedly change. Now he must choose between his need to be with his people and his love for Wanda, who in turn will also discover the meaning of brutality. In The Slave, published in 1962, Isaac Bashevis Singer creates a dreamlike portrayal of isolation, rejection, love and the meaning of sacrifice.

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

  • Pub date: 4 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9780141197623
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 234
  • RRP: $22.99

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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Praise for The Slave

“A burningly radiant, intensely beautiful book. Singer is answering his age like a prophet”

Ted Hughes

“A peerless storyteller . . . The Slave has the strength and authority of a timeless folktale”

Saturday Review


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