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The Collected Stories (1982)

by Isaac Bashevis Singer

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I sampled 13 of these stories from the breadth of Singer's career and will definitely come back for the rest. All of the stories are tightly focused around a singular worldview (especially the early ones set in Frampol), but that doesn't make any of them predictable. There is much to discover here about Yiddish culture, the immigrant experience, and magic. ( )
  albertgoldfain | Dec 19, 2013 |
As you read the stories, you enter his world. Slowly and first, then you're there: The old folk tales, and then life in the modern world: And how the folk tales cast a shadow on the modern world. Beautiful stories, beautiful endings.
  SteveSilkin | Nov 26, 2011 |
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  gilsbooks | May 17, 2011 |
What sets Singer's stories apart from those of his numerous imitators is a streak of arsenical steel that runs through even the most apparently genial of these folk-like tales. Singer comments in the author's note to this collection: "At its best, art can be nothing more than a means of forgetting the human disaster for a while." Frankly, Singer does not quite accomplish this goal -- the reader never forgets. This is a good representative sampling of his body of work. ( )
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I am Gimpel the fool. I don't think myself a fool. (Gimpel the Fool)
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The forty-seven stories in this collection, selected by Singer himself out of nearly one hundred and fifty, range from the publication of his now-classic first collection, Gimpel the Fool, in 1957, until 1981. They include supernatural tales, slices of life from Warsaw and the shtetls of Eastern Europe, and stories of the Jews displaced from that world to the New World, from the East Side of New York to California and Miami.

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Collection of forty-seven stories selected by the Nobel Prize winning author from among the writings he authored from 1957-1981.

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