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Gimpel the Fool

And Other Stories

Isaac Bashevis Singer; Introduction by Allegra Goodman; Translated by Saul Bellow

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Isaac Bashevis Singer’s first collection of stories, Gimpel the Fool, is a landmark work that has attracted international acclaim since it was first published in 1957. In Saul Bellow’s masterly translation, the title story follows the exploits of Gimpel, an ingenuous baker who is universally deceived but who declines to retaliate against his tormentors. Gimpel and the protagonists of the other stories in this volume all inhabit the distinctive pre–World War II ghettos of Poland and, beyond that, the larger world created by Singer’s unforgettable prose.
Isaac Bashevis Singer’s first collection of stories, Gimpel the Fool, is a landmark work that has attracted international acclaim since it was first published in 1957. In Saul Bellow’s masterly translation, the title story follows the exploits of Gimpel, an ingenuous baker who is universally deceived but who declines to retaliate against his tormentors. Gimpel and the protagonists of the other stories in this volume all inhabit the distinctive pre–World War II ghettos of Poland and, beyond that, the larger world created by Singer’s unforgettable prose.

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“Extraordinarily beautiful… It’s the integrity of the human imagination that Singer conveys so beautifully.” --Alfred Kazin, The New Leader

“Singer is a genius. He has total command of his imagined world.” –Irving Howe, The New Republic

“A peerless storyteller, Singer restores the sheer enchantment with story, with outcome, with what-happens-next that has been denied most readers since their adolescence.” –David Boroff, Saturday Review
“Extraordinarily beautiful… It’s the integrity of the human imagination that Singer conveys so beautifully.” --Alfred Kazin, The New Leader

“Singer is a genius. He has total command of his imagined world.” –Irving Howe, The New Republic

“A peerless storyteller, Singer restores the sheer enchantment with story, with outcome, with what-happens-next that has been denied most readers since their adolescence.” –David Boroff, Saturday Review

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And Other Stories

Isaac Bashevis Singer; Introduction by Allegra Goodman; Translated by Saul Bellow

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