Winter 1962 • Vol. XXIV No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1962 |

The Shtetl World

The Spinoza Of Market Street by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, $3.95. In a time largely given over to drudging realism and factitious symbolism, to the jaunty laconic self-pity of zoot academics and the fulsome primping affirmations and brain-washed spontaneity of alrightnik bohemians, an art as direct, subtle, and passionate as Isaac Bashevis Singer's is an anomaly. To be sure, Grub, Gimmick, and Groin reign in every time, and good writing is always uncommon. Mr. Singer's obvious mastery aside, what is anomalous is that his fiction seems to emerge from a lived world and his art to be no more than a description of the physics and atmosphere of this world. Perhaps this is what makes Mr. Singer's fiction both so lucid and impenetrable, for when an art is based on a real world, setting and surface become concrete, decisive. And yet—the greatest of rarities—it is something more than "real." Surely, the East European Jewish hamlet, the shtetl, never existed so

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