The Resource The certificate, Isaac Bashevis Singer ; translated by Leonard Wolf

The certificate, Isaac Bashevis Singer ; translated by Leonard Wolf

Label
The certificate
Title
The certificate
Statement of responsibility
Isaac Bashevis Singer ; translated by Leonard Wolf
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • yid
  • eng
Summary
It's 1922 and David Bendiger, an aspiring eighteen-and-a-half-year-old writer, arrives in Warsaw, penniless and homeless. His only contacts are Sonya, a young woman with whom he has had amorous dealings in the village they have left, and a Zionist functionary who informs him he has qualified for a certificate permitting him to emigrate to Palestine. But in order to make the journey David must enter into a fictitious marriage with a woman so eager to get to Palestine that she will pay all the expenses. While David waits for his certificate, he becomes involved not only with Sonya but with Edusha, the sexually avant-garde Communist Party member in whose apartment he finds a temporary haven; and with Minna, the well-to-do young woman who wants to join her fiance in Palestine and agrees to "marry" David. Grappling with romantic, political, and youthful turmoil, David also confronts his literary future and religious past when his older brother - a writer disillusioned by a recent sojourn in Russia - and his father, an Orthodox rabbi, both turn up in Warsaw. The Certificate was serialized in Yiddish in 1967, but may have been written much earlier. The translator, Leonard Wolf, in a postscript calls it "a very young man's book" and "certainly the most playful of Singer's long fictions", with its alternately comic and poignant shifts in plot. Young David's passions for women, philosophizing, Jewish religious speculation, and Walter Mitty-like fantasies make The Certificate a captivating novel in the great tradition of a master storyteller
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Cataloging source
ZNS
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1904-1991
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Singer, Isaac Bashevis
Dewey number
839.0933
Index
no index present
LC call number
PJ5129.S49
LC item number
T7513 1992
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Jews
  • Poland
  • Israel
  • Political fiction
Label
The certificate, Isaac Bashevis Singer ; translated by Leonard Wolf
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (231 pages)
Form of item
online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1029263980
Label
The certificate, Isaac Bashevis Singer ; translated by Leonard Wolf
Link
Publication
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (231 pages)
Form of item
online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1029263980

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