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Scum (1991)

by Isaac Bashevis Singer

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An authentic literary great, Singer was an author whose extraordinary talents won him a worldwide audience. And with this impressive novel, he proved that he was at the height of his creative power until his recent death at age 86. Scum evokes the teeming life of 1906 Warsaw's backstreets. Max Barabander, distraught over the recent death of his son, flees the life of wealth and respectability he has attained in Buenos Aires, to return to the poverty and shadows of his youth spent in Warsaw. He fears impotence which leads him to the pursuit of mindless sex with five different women who view him only as an escape from their drab lives. The author recalls the teeming life of 1906 Jewish Warsaw in this impressive novel of changing mores and values. . .… (more)

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This was a weird one; engaging character study of one man and his most intimate thoughts - Singer does a great job of furrowing inside the brain of a man with dubious morals and a streak of selfish, brutish (and yet sometimes self-aware) misogyny. Portrays the see-saw motion of his consciousness and his struggles with his guilt (in the form of faith) with applomb. Ends too quickly, without much revelation, in a manner that doesnt feel intended. Still worth a read if interested in Jewish fiction. ( )
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The Yiddish newspaper Max Barander bought that morning in Warsaw carried the same news he had read in the papers in New York and London: the Balkan peninsula was a powder keg; Purishkevich, the notorious pogromist, and other members of the Black Hundreds were busily destroying Russian Jews; the Jewish colonies in Palestine were suffering from a drought; in Argentina bureaucrats of the Jewish Colonization Agency were again making trouble for Baron de Hirsch's colonies; Kaiser Wilhelm had aroused fresh bitterness in diplomatic circles with his belligerent threats; and the Zionists were preparing for a new congress.
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An authentic literary great, Singer was an author whose extraordinary talents won him a worldwide audience. And with this impressive novel, he proved that he was at the height of his creative power until his recent death at age 86. Scum evokes the teeming life of 1906 Warsaw's backstreets. Max Barabander, distraught over the recent death of his son, flees the life of wealth and respectability he has attained in Buenos Aires, to return to the poverty and shadows of his youth spent in Warsaw. He fears impotence which leads him to the pursuit of mindless sex with five different women who view him only as an escape from their drab lives. The author recalls the teeming life of 1906 Jewish Warsaw in this impressive novel of changing mores and values. . .

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