The Magician of Lublin

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Yasha could perform tricks, shell peas with his toes, dance on the tightrope and turn somersaults on the high wire. He owned a fine house and had a wife, Esther, who was devoted to him. Life was good, but Yasha was destined to find God and to discover faith, and there was no middle road.

Description

Yasha the magician – sword swallower, fire eater, acrobat and master of escape – is famed for his extraordinary Houdini-like skills. Half Jewish, half Gentile, a free thinker who slips easily between worlds, Yasha has an observant wife, a loyal assistant who travels with him and a woman in every town. Now, though, his exploits are catching up with him, and he is tempted to make one final escape – from his marriage, his homeland and the last tendrils of his father’s religion. Set in Warsaw and the shtetls of the 1870s, Isaac Bashevis Singer’s second novel is a haunting psychological portrait of a man’s flight from love.

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

Additional information

Weight0.157 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 1.2 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

v, 191

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

839.133 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K