Jacob, a Jewish slave held in a mountain village after escaping a massacre
by Cossacks, will be killed if he tries to escape. The one saving grace is
his love for his master's daughter, Wanda. They begin a secret affair,
trying to avoid the cruelty of the other villagers, until one day Jacob's
fortunes unexpectedly change. Now he must choose between his need to be
with his people and his love for Wanda, who in turn will also discover the
meaning of brutality. In The Slave, published in 1962, Isaac Bashevis
Singer creates a dreamlike portrayal of isolation, rejection, love and the
meaning of sacrifice. 'A burningly radiant, intensely beautiful book.
Singer is answering his age like a prophet.' Ted Hughes 'A peerless
storyteller . . . The Slave has the strength and authority of a timeless
folktale.' Saturday Review Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

Isaac Bashevis Singer—The Slave

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