Isaac Bashevis Singer Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Isaac Bashevis Singer Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

An oft-quoted line from Isaac Bashevis Singer’s story “Gimpel Tam” (“Gimpel the Fool”) epitomizes the author’s theory of fiction and his worldview: “No doubt the world is entirely an imaginary world, but it is only once removed from the real world.” His approach to his material is both imaginative and historical. Sometimes these strains run concurrently; at other times, one is subdued by the other. Through his use of the supernatural, he imaginatively portrays the Jewish community from the seventeenth to the twentieth century.

Singer’s concern is not only with Jewish destiny but also with the destiny of any individual. He believes that the soul is a battleground for good and evil impulses. His use of...

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