Books: Singer's Song of the Polish Past

SHOSHA by Isaac Bashevis Singer Farrar, Straus & Giroux;277 pages; $8.95

Isaac Bashevis Singer's constant readers know well what his books promise: the sense of returning home to a place and a time that few now living ever inhabited. Over the breadth and span of nearly 30 volumes, writing originally in Yiddish, Singer has resuscitated the Poland that existed before World War I and then, precariously, between the wars. He has peopled his land with the folk he knew when he was growing up among them, creating in the process a nation of characters. Their...

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