martes, 10 de septiembre de 2013

The Brothers Ashkenazi by I J Singer


The Brothers Ashkenazi by IJ Singer


Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari

The author is the oldest brother of Nobel Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer. This work was originally written in Yiddish, but the English translation seems to reflect the original spirit.

This novel is a remarkable socio-political treatise of the city of Lodz – Poland – around the beginning of last century and its Jewish inhabitants. IJ Singer seems to blame his fellow Jewish community members for their eventual downfall through the perils of World War II.

It must be mentioned that IJ Singer broke from the orthodox Hasidic Jewish creed and became a strong member of the more liberal Jewish Enlightenment movement.

This book must be read with a historical open mind.

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