Books: Tales Credible and Inevitable the Image and Other Stories

When Isaac Bashevis Singer's Collected Stories appeared in 1982, his legions of faithful readers had cause to celebrate and worry. On the one hand, the volume was an invaluable retrospective of the tales that had helped bring Singer an international audience and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978. On the other, collections imply finality, a summing up of past work because there may be nothing more to add. Might Singer, now 80, have exhausted himself or his imagination? Was this hailing of previous accomplishments also a farewell?

The Image and Other Stories offers 22 reassuring proofs of the laureate's continuing...

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