More Stories from My Father's Court
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer; Translated from the Yiddish by Curt Leviant
A delightful sequel to a cherished autobiographical collection by the Nobel Laureate
In My Father's Court is one of Isaac Bashevis Singer's most affecting autobiographical works. The stories in it, published serially in the Jewish Daily Forward, depict the beth din in his father's home on Krochmalna Street in Warsaw. A unique institution, the beth din was a combined court of law, synagogue, scholarly institution, and psychologist's office where people sought out the advice and counsel of a neighborhood rabbi.
The thirty-one stories gathered here, none previously published in English, show this world as it appeared to a young boy: In "A Guest in the Prayerhouse," a man who has converted to Judaism embarrasses the community with his extreme piety; in "She Will Surely Be Ashamed," a couple come for a divorce after forty years of marriage even though they are still in love; in the extraordinary "He Begs Forgiveness," a jeweler apologizes to his former fiancée for abandoning her twelve years before, igniting the imagination of the young Singer, who dreams of writing stories about dark, eternal love. From the earthy to the ethereal, these stories provide an intimate and powerful evocation of a world.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
In The News
“A world that no longer exists reaches us through one of the greatest literary artists of our time.” —Albert Friedlander, Saturday Review on My Father's Court
“The sort of book...only a writer at the height of his powers, firmly in command of his created world, his mind charged with vivid memories, can somehow shake effortlessly fom his sleeve...Often close to the Biblical directness of feeling that Tolstoy prescribed for the 'universal art of the future.'” —Raymond Rosenthal, The New Leader on My Father's Court