At a glance:
- Author: Cynthia Ozick
- First Published: 1976
- Type of Work: Short story and novellas
- Time of Work: The 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s
- Setting: New York City, a town outside New York City, upstate New York, the Connecticut coast, New Haven, Africa, Poland
- Characters: Stanislav Lushinski, Louisa, Morris Ngambe, Bleilip, Toby, Yussel, The Rebbe, Una Meyer, Mary Chimes, Clement Chimes, Rosalie, Boris Organski, Christina, The Narrator, Alex (The Goat), Saul, The Cousin, The Student, The Old Writer, Tchernikhovsky
- Genres: Long fiction, Fable, Novel
- Subjects: Values, Self-discovery, Tradition, Religion, Jews or Jewish life, Storytelling, Ethics, Holocaust, Jewish, Diplomacy or diplomats, Paganism
- Locales: Africa, Europe, United States, Connecticut, New York, North America, Poland, New Haven, CT
The three novellas and the short story Bloodshed which comprise this book concern pursuit. Stanislav Lushinski, the protagonist of A Mercenary, is pursued by the Nazis in his boyhood and by his identity as a Jew in his maturity. In Bloodshed Bleilip pursues knowledge of the Hasidic tradition he is skeptical of, and in An Education Una Meyer, a naïve academic, searches for ideas and a lifestyle more exciting than a career in the Classics. The narrator-writer of Usurpation (Other People’s Stories) pursues the imaginative...
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