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In the little Polish town of Goray, ravaged by a terrible pogrom, expectations of the 'End of Days' foretold by cabalists run high. Grief becomes joy as news arrives from the Holy Land of the second coming of the Messiah. Usurping power from the pious rabbi, the believers listen to the prophetess Rechele and prepare themselves for the Coming of the Lord, when they will wear golden jackets and eat marzipan candy in the heart of Jerusalem. As religious hysteria grips the town, spirits and demons are abroad at night, and the people grow weaker by the day. But perhaps it is not the spirit of the Lord who possesses the body and mind of Rechele, but Satan himself.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099285472
ISBN-10: 0099285479
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » A strange story for modern readers of a tiny town on 17th century Poland, where first the Jewish population is decimated by the marauding Cossacks- then, as they creep back to reestablish their homes and businesses, comes the news of a Messiah, in the person of Sabbatai Zevi. The townspeople approach the High Holidays with asceticism, in expectation. When the Messiah does not come, they turn to religious hysteria and license. And, central to this, is the story of Rechele, crippled, epileptic, but still desired of men. She has wed one man, but he has failed her. Reb Gedalyia, who had brought news of the new Messiah, sends her husband and another on a mission; he moves in with Rechele, and so opens the door for Satan, who possesses her as a fiend, a dybbuk. As the devil's bride she is tormented and defiled, and- with the return of the missionaries and the word that Zevi, presumed Messiah, has taken the fez, the townspeople seize her, and the story ends with the ritual of exorcism- and her death. A weird tale of religious hysteria and mania, of superstition and violence. For a very limited audience - not that of his contemporary novel, The Family Moskat. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer was born in Poland in 1904, and emigrated to the United States in 1935, shortly after his first novel, Satan in Goray, had been published in instalments. In 1943 he became a US citizen, but he continued to write almost exclusively in Yiddish, personally supervising the translation of his works into English. In 1978 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Isaac Bashevis Singer died in Florida in 1991.

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