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The Image and Other Stories (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) Paperback – 26 Aug 1993


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (26 Aug. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140186972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140186970
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,367,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fascinating short stories by a master short story writer 9 Nov. 2014
By Israel Drazin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Isaac Bashevis Singer won the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978. He was the author of a number of well-received novels and hundreds of short stories. The Image is a collect of 22 short stories. They were written in Yiddish and translated into English usually with the help of the author who tells us that he enjoyed the act of translation because it frequently gave him an opportunity to fine tune his tales. All of the stories in this collection are fascinating because Singer has the knack of describing people and their environment perfectly, he usually has unexpected endings to his stories, his characters are usually somewhat strange, somewhat mystical, and perform somewhat unusual acts, which may be different than what we do, but we can still see ourselves in many of his tales. Examples of the stories in this collection are:
• Advice – A man approaches the author asking for advice. His wife left him to live with another man who lost his money. His wife wants to return to his house with her lover and the lover’s wife. Should he agree?
• One Day of Happiness – A fat not beautiful Jewish girl is fascinated with a Russian non-Jewish general. She writes to him asking if she can meet him. He agrees.
• The Bond – A man is married to a hysterical woman who frequently screams at him. He finds that if he slaps her she suddenly becomes very loving. Once he does so on a train ride and is seen doing so by a person who will be introducing him to his audience at a public lecture.
• The Interview – The author meets a woman who wants to have sex with every man.
• The Divorce – The author overhears the discussion of a husband and wife during divorce negotiations.
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