April 3, 2007
April 3, 2007
The vanished way of life of Eastern European Jews in the early part of the twentieth century is the subject of this extraordinary novel. All the strata of this complex society were populated by powerfully individual personalities, and the whole community pulsated with life and vitality. The affairs of the patriarchal Meshulam Moskat and the unworldly Asa Heshel Bannet provide the center of the book, but its real focus is the civilization that was destroyed forever in the gas chambers of the Second World War.
Considered Isaac Bashevis Singer's first great work, THE FAMILY MOSKAT is a multi-generational novel that tracks the challenges, travails, and eventual decline of a Jewish family living near Warsaw. First published in serial form in Yiddish in The Jewish Daily Forward, the novel was considered scandalous for its depiction of adultery and other forms of blasphemous behavior, but the pull of its narrative was so great that the newspaper's readers demanded that it continue to be published. The novel is written in a naturalist style, and though it is full of humanity and melodrama, it lacks the grotesque and supernatural flourishes that Singer would become famous for later in life. The book was written in honor of Singer's older brother, I.J. Singer, who died in 1945.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Literary
- Language: English
- Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
- Online Item #: 13536170
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-67-6294
- ISBN: 9780374530648
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported