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The Magician of Lublin By Isaac Bashevis Singer The Magician of Lublin 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 world

  • Title: The Magician of Lublin
  • Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • ISBN: 9780140048070
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Magician of Lublin By Isaac Bashevis Singer 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 toYasha 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.
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    1. William1 on said:

      How lucky I am only to be reading Singer now, with some nine or ten of his novels still before me The Magician of Lublin is my third I feel somehow blessed I ve come across a theme shared here with another Singer novel, Enemies A Love Story In that later book the protagonist, Herman Broder, is torn between three women A Holocaust survivor, Broder has lost all belief in God He finds a reason for living in each of the three women The rest of his life is one long panic attack The wife he had though [...]

    2. Teresa Proença on said:

      Se a sorte de um homem depende do infort nio de outros, ent o n o existe sorte para ningu m Se Deus n o existe, ent o o homem tem de se comportar como um deus Yasha um judeu de quarenta anos Hipnotista, m gico de truques de cartas, de espect culos no arame e para quem n o h fechadura nem cora o de mulher inviol veis Era um labirinto de personalidades religioso e herege, bom e mau, falso e sincero Era capaz de amar muitas mulheres ao mesmo tempo Casado com Esther, amante de Magda e de Zeftel est [...]

    3. notgettingenough on said:

      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, a [...]

    4. MisterFweem on said:

      So, when you re a lout, a layabout, adulterer and all around rotten egg sinner, what do you do for penance Well, if you re Yasha, the Magician of Lublin, you do something pretty out of the ordinary and realize that, as you re skimming through life thinking your behavior isn t affecting anyone, better think again.I m not sure, however, that Singer wrote this book as a parable on unintended consequences, though that s certainly a large take away from this story.So many of us go through life intera [...]

    5. Jonathan on said:

      No prettying things up in this book it s pretty raw and bleak As they say Like a dash of cold water It is about a manipulative and deceitful magician s struggle with his evil side This book should be depressing, but you are glad you survived, in whatever condition I say you , and not the protagonist because the writing is so good that, oddly enough, you identify so strongly with the main character that you feel like you lived this book

    6. Lorenzo Berardi on said:

      Extremely enjoyable novel by Isaac Singer about the lecherous and then pious life of a secularist Jewish showman in early 20th century Poland.As usual Singer is masterful in picturing the past At this time even without being encyclopedic and perfectionist as he was in, say, Shadows on the Hudson Albeit I use to like long novels full of details without any aspect or detail left, I have to say how at the moment I prefer something like The Magician of Lublin There is no single boring or out of plac [...]

    7. Tamsien West (Babbling Books) on said:

      A cautionary tale about the dangers of believing yourself to be beyond reproach The Magician of Lublin is an interesting blend of timeless interactions across class divides and a time capsule esque setting of Jewish shtetls in late 19th centuary Poland.Yasha, the unlikeable, selfish, womanising, hero of this tale is one of the most frustrating and vivid characters I have come across in a while He practically leaps off the page with his self importance and his completely contradictory love for hi [...]

    8. Judy on said:

      Yasha Mazur, magician, lover, free spirit in prewar Poland, could never understand how other people managed to live in one place and spend their entire lives with one woman without becoming melancholy He had a dutiful and loving Jewish wife in his hometown, but most of the year he traveled the country A woman in every town, a young female assistant for his act, an industrious agent, all assure Yasha money, variety and freedom from melancholy.He could open any lock, escape from any enclosure, wal [...]

    9. Srđan Vidrić on said:

      Razbokoren felinijevsko agalovskim slikama i likovima i razba uren jidi jezikom i te kim mislima i sumnjama, roman Ma ioni ar iz Lublina podastire pred itaoce sav rasko Singerovog talenta.

    10. N on said:

      Well, that s the last time I pick up a book just because there s a monkey on the cover.

    11. Yakov Bronsteyn on said:

      Art is a matter of taste and style This book just like any other is a work of art This particular artwork wasn t to my taste To me it seems that the most of the story takes place in Yasha s head We don t really get a feel for his talents as magician or the world he occupies until the end when he receives a letter from Emelia That letter paints a picture of the type of person he is from a perspective other then his own His musings give a Shutter Island feel The espousal of his particular percepti [...]

    12. Erez Davidi on said:

      The Magician of Lublin is a simple morality tale Yasha is a magician who performs magic shows throughout Poland He himself is a rationalist on the borderline of being an atheist His wife, on the other hand, is a believing and practicing Jew who lives strictly according to Jewish law Yasha is a serial adulterer who has a mistress in every city where his job as a magician takes him to.The story starts when Yasha goes to Warsaw on a tour This journey is a metaphor to the spiritual journey that Yash [...]

    13. rmn on said:

      In one of his shorter novels, Singer writes about Yasha, a Jewish magician a modern day street performer las vegas showman in late 19th century Poland who juggles pun intended multiple women as well as questions of faith, morality, and mortality As always, Singer writes in an engaging style even with it being translated from the original Yiddish and includes many unforeseen occurrences which reach a crescendo leading Yasha to seek his own form of penitence.This book reads like a fable than a no [...]

    14. Mark Klempner on said:

      I didn t feel this was as successfully realized a novel as The Slave But I do have to hand it to Singer in an era in which his contemporaries were portraying sexually promiscuous male protagonists who pursue various conquests as heroes, Singer creates the same kind of character but shows him, in the end, to be morally bankrupts and depicts his eventual transformation into a spiritual seeker Protagonists like this do not exist in the works of Philip Roth, John Updike, or Saul Bellow, as far as I [...]

    15. Laurens on said:

      Ik ben al jaren ge nteresseerd in de joodse cultuurlevens en ik heb essays geschreven over Jiddische literatuur, een taal die uitsterft, en zo ook een literatuur De laatste grote Jiddische schrijver, Sutzkever, stierf in 2010 en dit wordt nu gezien als het definitieve eindpunt van de Jiddische literatuurgeschiedenis Singer won als enige van hen de Nobelprijs Zijn verhalen zijn gevuld met Poolse getto s, Joodse mythologie en mystiek, vreemde levens en ongelukkige huwelijken De magi r of duizendku [...]

    16. S©aP on said:

      Risente, nel bene e nel male, della stesura originale in yiddish Il pregio quello di una lingua energica, evocativa, piacevole al gusto Il limite, che talvolta il sentore della didascalia un po troppo forte Vi si narra di una discesa rovinosa negli inferi dell esistenza e di una successiva, volitiva, catarsi La vicenda sembra per lo spunto per creare una cassa di risonanza al Dogma, e questo fatto mi lascia un po perplesso La grande forza narrativa di cui Singer dotato ne resta in qualche modo c [...]

    17. Elizabeth (Alaska) on said:

      I don t know what I thought this was about Well, I do know what I thought this was about, it s just that the book description is woefully inadequate.This falls into the category of morality play, although set in the latter part of the 19th Century I am not fond of morality plays, nor am I especially interested in reading about people who decide to give up their supposedly evil ways and turn to God Should I rate this lower It did keep me reading and it was not a total waste of time.

    18. Steve mitchell on said:

      Good story, I believe it is a statement about god and doing what is right, and something like karma, or everyone gets their justice sooner or later.

    19. Bob Newman on said:

      Trickster Tumbles, Taps into TruthBut can we know what God wants us to do Isn t it a case of Man sewing throughout his lifetime the clothes that fit him We ask a million questions, however the answers lie only within You have to do as you see fit Some say the discipline of orthodox religion points out the road every bird, every snowflake, every acorn lying on the grass is proof of God s existence Others deny the whole thing and swear God never existed Singer s tale of a religiously lapsed Jewish [...]

    20. Green Magritte on said:

      Kejkl z Lublinu pojedn v o Ja ovi Mazurovi, kter vystupuje v Polsku 19 stolet jako akrobat a kouzeln k Neust l p evl kan kab tu, niky a triky, ale nejsou sou st pouze jeho ob ivy, ale tak vyj d en m postoje k ivotu a vztah m Zat mco doma ije s prostou Ester, na cest ch ho doprov z mlad akrobatka Magda Sem tam ute e za vdovou Zeftel, p i em je zamilovan do intelektu lky Emilie Ja u tr p nerozhodnost, nedostatek pen z i mravn odvaha Neust le rozm l nad svoj v rou a existenc boha Zlom p ich z v pod [...]

    21. Jorge Vital on said:

      Le entr con muchas ganas por lo bueno que me pareci el primer libro que le del autor La destrucci n de Kreshev sin embargo al primer cuarto del libro me comenz a parecer un tanto aburrido Nos lleva lentamente, muy lentamente, por la vida azarosa de un prestidigitador y acr bata que tiene tambi n como habilidad enamorar y dejar mujeres por todos los caminos por donde pasa Gran parte de la novela se basa en las confusiones del personaje que surgen a cada encuentro pasional Si bien tiene un desenla [...]

    22. Emily on said:

      Our Magician, Yasha, travels Poland and a circuit in Eastern Russia performing slight of hand tricks, hypnosis and high wire walking He has a wife at home in Lublin, his assistant is also his mistress and he has a lover in Warsaw, the home base of his performances Yasha professes to be an atheist but in truth has never stopped believing in Judaism and by chance finds himself having spiritual experiences in synagogues along the way When disaster strikes Yasha finds himself reflecting on what is r [...]

    23. rosamund on said:

      Set in 19th century Poland, this tells the story of Yasha, a working magician, who travels around the country to visit his different mistresses and work in theatres This novel is full of raw energy, it s told with vigour and liveliness that make it so enjoyable to read I especially liked discovering about the world of the shtetl and the Jewish communities within towns and villages in Poland Yasha is a very believable character torn between religious faith, and entering a life of crime and livin [...]

    24. George on said:

      3.5 stars A very told story about Yasha who is a Houdini type magician is his 40s He is a non practising jew who has been married to Esther for a number of years Yasha and Esther have no children Yasha travels throughout Poland as a performer and in a number of towns he has a mistress He is generous and has a lot of friends He falls in love with a widow, Emilia and promises to take her and her daughter to Italy However he doesn t have the money to move permanently and thinks of other ways to gai [...]

    25. Andrii on said:

      This is my first book of Singer and I am totally satisfied with it It is very interesting you will get two know not only development of different people fates but also interesting facts about late 19th century, some information about Jewish religion and way of life Strongly recommend this book 5 out of 5.

    26. Behrooz Barzegar on said:

      Strange book Very reflective on religion, the meaning of sin, the presence of god, etc, but with a good story that held my attention I enjoyed it It was quite atmospheric and I always enjoyed reading about times gone by and the way people lived in other parts of the world.

    27. Carmen on said:

      A fascinating, if sometimes slow, look into a world so very different from my own.

    28. Abhinav Srivastava on said:

      A quick read having proportionate sprinkling of morality, lechery and spirituality Touches Judaism and Polish peasant culture in a way which is quite striking and illuminating.

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