Books: Cabalarama

LEVITATION: FIVE FICTIONS by Cynthia Ozick Knopf; 158 pages; $11.50

Cynthia Ozick's career went public in 1966 with Trust, an intellectually ambitious, technically challenging first novel about personal and political betrayal. If the clang of metaphorical boiler plate rang in the reader's ear, so did the voice of new talent. Trust remains Ozick's only published novel. Her reputation rests mainly on collections of short fiction: The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories and Bloodshed and Three Novellas. In these works, the author's philosophical and social overview narrowed and intensified. She could be outrageously satirical...

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