Books: God's Novel

OLD LOVE by Isaac Bashevis Singer Farrar, Straus & Giroux 273 pages; $10.95

Last year the Swedish Academy had difficulty qualifying the works of the Nobel laureate for literature. Isaac Bashevis Singer's "apparently inexhaustible psychological fantasy," it wrote hesitantly, "has created a microcosm, or rather a well-populated microchaos."

In his 30th book, .Singer corrects the citation. His fantasy is definitively inexhaustible. As for the microchaos, it is neither micro nor chaotic. It is as large and mysteriously ordered as the universe he ponders or the Polish village and villagers he knows by heart. No...

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