SINGER, I. J. The Sinner / Yoshe Kalb (1933)
Singer, I. J. (Israel Joshua). The Sinner (Yoshe Kalb). New York: Liveright, 1933. First edition. Very good in a well-preserved example of the rare dustwrapper.
A novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer's older brother, published originally in Yiddish in the Forverts between June 4 and July 19, 1932, and reprinted in the Warsaw Haynt later that year. This tale of Polish life, populated by Kabbalists, Hasidim, and wonder-working rabbis, worked both as a celebration of traditional Jewry, and a critique of the oppressions and hypocricies of life in the shtetl. Singer's readers would have found much in here to affirm their decision to emigrate to America. Maurice Schwartz's adaptation of the book for the Yiddish theater won accolades from such stalwarts of the goyische establishment as Brooks Atkinson.