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The Magician of Lublin (1960)

por Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Yasha the magician - sword swallower, fire eater, acrobat and master of escape - is famed for his extraordinary Houdini-like skills. Half Jewish, half Gentile, a free thinker who slips easily between worlds, Yasha has an observant wife, a loyal assistant who travels with him and a woman in every town. Now, though, his exploits are catching up with him, and he is tempted to make one final escape - from his marriage, his homeland and the last tendrils of his father's religion. Set in Warsaw and the shtetls of the 1870s, Isaac Bashevis Singer's second novel is a haunting psychological portrait of a man's flight from love. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature… (mais)
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The Magician of Lublin by Isaac Bashevis Singer was originally written in Yiddish and later translated to English. Set in Russian ruled Poland in the late 19th century, it is the story of Yasha Mazur, a magician from the town of Lublin who travels around Poland to perform. Although Jewish he is not particularly devout. He leads a carefree life of travel and performing, leaving his pious wife at home in Lublin. He has lovers in many of the cities that he visits as well as being involved with his young assistant. Currently however he is obsessing over Emilia, a Catholic widow who lives in Warsaw with her daughter.

Although on the surface, Yasha appear to be confident that he can continue to manipulate his various women, deep inside he knows he is living a deceitful and senseless life. When things go wrong and he finds his life has shattered, he repents of his sins, returns home to Lublin and finally turns to his Jewish roots.

The Magician of Lublin is a very well written story about faith and morality. I listened to an audio version as read by Larry Keith. Yasha lived a life of self-indulgence, he knew he was doing wrong but did not acknowledge his guilt. Eventually issues arose that forced him to turn and embrace both his Jewish faith and identity. I thought this was both a very clever and engaging story about living one’s life within the boundaries one is born with, although Yasha professed to not believing in religion or the traditional Jewish customs, those are exactly what he turned to when in need. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Sep 19, 2020 |
I'm missing something here. I had absolutely no empathy with or sympathy for the main character, I have no picture of him in my head, I didn't believe in him, I didn't understand him. I didn't care about him or any of those around him.

My conclusion is that this is not well written. It paints a rich picture of the Poland of the period; though I have no idea if it is historically accurate, it was at least interesting. That seems to be the strength of the author and the point of his work. In this book, at least, he has signally failed to create a character. I'd love to see the movie, Alan Arkin is a great actor, and I couldn't help thinking that it would work better on the screen.

In short, disappointed. If you want to read a good book about an artist who can't keep his dick in his pants, even more unpleasant, but nonetheless makes you feel for him every step of the way, try Simenon's The Heart of the Man. ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
I'm missing something here. I had absolutely no empathy with or sympathy for the main character, I have no picture of him in my head, I didn't believe in him, I didn't understand him. I didn't care about him or any of those around him.

My conclusion is that this is not well written. It paints a rich picture of the Poland of the period; though I have no idea if it is historically accurate, it was at least interesting. That seems to be the strength of the author and the point of his work. In this book, at least, he has signally failed to create a character. I'd love to see the movie, Alan Arkin is a great actor, and I couldn't help thinking that it would work better on the screen.

In short, disappointed. If you want to read a good book about an artist who can't keep his dick in his pants, even more unpleasant, but nonetheless makes you feel for him every step of the way, try Simenon's The Heart of the Man. ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
I'm missing something here. I had absolutely no empathy with or sympathy for the main character, I have no picture of him in my head, I didn't believe in him, I didn't understand him. I didn't care about him or any of those around him.

My conclusion is that this is not well written. It paints a rich picture of the Poland of the period; though I have no idea if it is historically accurate, it was at least interesting. That seems to be the strength of the author and the point of his work. In this book, at least, he has signally failed to create a character. I'd love to see the movie, Alan Arkin is a great actor, and I couldn't help thinking that it would work better on the screen.

In short, disappointed. If you want to read a good book about an artist who can't keep his dick in his pants, even more unpleasant, but nonetheless makes you feel for him every step of the way, try Simenon's The Heart of the Man. ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
Il mago di Lublino è un romanzo di Isaac Bashevis Singer scritto in lingua yiddish nel 1960 e pubblicato in inglese nella traduzione, controllata dall'autore, di Elaine Gottlieb e Joseph Singer per la prima volta in volume da Noonday Press nel 1960 con il titolo The Magician of Lublin (fonte: Wikipedia)
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Singer, Isaac Bashevisautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Bernier, GisèleTraductionautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Filipe, LuciliaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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Polak, NicoTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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Ros, MartinPosfácioautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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Yasha the magician - sword swallower, fire eater, acrobat and master of escape - is famed for his extraordinary Houdini-like skills. Half Jewish, half Gentile, a free thinker who slips easily between worlds, Yasha has an observant wife, a loyal assistant who travels with him and a woman in every town. Now, though, his exploits are catching up with him, and he is tempted to make one final escape - from his marriage, his homeland and the last tendrils of his father's religion. Set in Warsaw and the shtetls of the 1870s, Isaac Bashevis Singer's second novel is a haunting psychological portrait of a man's flight from love. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

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