In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the February–March 2022 topic challenge.
Based on the number of votes (+5), the next topic challenge of the year 2022 will be
the works of Isaac Bashevis Singer
What's a topic challenge?
See the meta posts linked above, and also this main Meta post. In short, during February and March 2022 you are invited to try to read at least one work by the American science fiction and fantasy author and ask questions about it.
Participation is not obligatory in any sense, and questions on other works are more than welcome during February and March too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.
How can I take part?
By getting hold of the one or more works by Isaac Bashevis Singer and asking good questions about it (or them). Questions about these works should be tagged with isaac-bashevis-singer, yiddish-literature and a tag for the work's title (for book-length works). We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.
Below is Tsundoku's presentation, written after a suggestion by Mithical:
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902 – 1991) was a Polish-American writer who wrote in Yiddish and who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978. He wrote both novels and short stories:
- Satan in Goray (novel, 1935; uses the mid-17th-century Khmelnytsky Uprising as background).
- The Magician of Lublin (1960, possibly his best known novel).
- Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories (1966, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak).
- A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing up in Warsaw (autobiographical work, 1969).
- A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories (1973).
Alfred Kazin's review in the The New York Times said, "Isaac Bashevis Singer is an extraordinary writer. And this new collection of stories, like so much that he writes, represents the most delicate imaginative splendor, wit, mischief and, not least, the now unbelievable life that Jews once lived in Poland"
- Vote for the next topic challenge (March–April), or propose your own!