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Isaac Bashevis Singer, who won the Nobel Prize in 1978, is best-remembered for his humane and moving short stories, which drew comparison with those of Maupassant and Chekhov. The three collected here, about a girl who pretends to be a man in order to study the Torah, a frustrated demon, and a writer trying to understand the confusion of a holocaust survivor, illuminate thIsaac Bashevis Singer, who won the Nobel Prize in 1978, is best-remembered for his humane and moving short stories, which drew comparison with those of Maupassant and Chekhov. The three collected here, about a girl who pretends to be a man in order to study the Torah, a frustrated demon, and a writer trying to understand the confusion of a holocaust survivor, illuminate the great themes of human suffering with supernal grace....

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ISBN : 9780141196237
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 96 Pages
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The Last Demon Reviews

  • Ross
    2019-02-02 20:04

    An ideal start for a busy person who wants to get a quick introduction to Isaac Singer, this compilation of three stories samples the range of Singer's repertoire. The mystical & difficult to interpret (the last demon), the spooky (the cafeteria, extracted from "a friend of Kafka") to the well known, down-to-earth, profoundly moving and philosophically challenging story of Yentl. Entertaining, thought provoking and short.

  • Artur Coelho
    2019-02-13 16:49

    Há formas menos curiosas de ficar a conhecer um escritor. Para mim, o nome dee Isaac Bashevis Singer surgiu graças à simpática canção homónima dos The Owls ouvida de passagem no Motel de Moka e um artigo na New Yorker. Foi com muita curiosidade que peguei neste The Last Demon, coligindo três contor de Singer. Fiquei agradavelmente surpreendido com a prosa segura e elegante, com uma simplicidade e um fino bom humor, que tanto nos remete para o mundo desaparecido dos povoados judaicos do leste europeu como para uma Nova Yorque de um certo tom nostálgico.The Last Demon, conto que dá título a esta obra, envolve um demónio que é enviado para uma aldeia esquecida para tentar o impossível e fazer cair em tentação um rabi conhecido pela sua pureza. Falha redondamente, e vai passando os seus dias esquecido, resíduo de uma era violentamente extinta pelas botas cardadas nazis e soviéticas. Em Yentl, Singer conta-nos uma história de androgenia através de uma mulher que se recusa a assumir as funções tradicionais e, disfarçando-se de homem, entre para uma yeshiva e trava uma amizade com um colega que assume contornos de amor e dedicação. The Cafeteria, a terminar o livro, coloca nas bizarrias de uma sobrevivente de um outro holocausto, os gulags soviéticos, que ao longo de vários anos vai cruzando o seu caminho com o do autor, uma reflexão sobre a aniquilação histórica de uma cultura e o trauma dos campos de concentração. De origem polaca mas tendo vivido muitos anos em Nova Yorque, Singer manteve-se fiel à tradição judaica, quer pela escolha de temáticas quer pela língua em que escrevia, o iídiche, de tal forma que é talvez o único escritor americano contemporâneo cujas obras são traduzidas para o inglês. Estruturalmente perfeito e dono de uma elegância linguística assinalável, Singer merece uma leitura atenta.

  • Nurul Lina Mohd Nor
    2019-02-13 16:57

    The Last Demon is great (though it's hard, with Jewish context). Yentl the Yeshiva Boy is new (totally a new theme for a contemporary reader like me). And The Cafeteria has simply brought light on my head! :). Here is the paragraph that might stimulate you some clue (of the light on my head), if you are curious:"I thought about what Esther had told me of seeing Hitler in the cafeteria. It had seemed utter nonsense, but now I began to reappraise the idea. If time and space are nothing more than forms of perception, as Kant argues, and quality, quantity, causality are only categories of thinking, why shouldn't Hitler confer with his Nazis in a cafeteria on Broadway? Esther didn't sound insane. She had seen a piece of reality that the heavenly censorship prohibits as a rule. She had caught a glimpse behind the curtain of the phenomena. I regretted that I had not asked for more details. ......... Years have passed and I have never seen Esther again. Yes corpses do walk on Broadway. But why did Esther choose that particular corpse? She could have got a better bargain even in this world".The Last Demon is my first attempt to Singer's writing. Some said The Last Demon is the best introduction to Singer. And I'm glad if it is true because I am so comfortable with his penmanship, and may be will (after my second attempt) consider him next to Gabriel Gracia Marquez as my most favorite author.

  • Agnes Kelemen
    2019-02-14 23:48

    This volume contains three short stories, including the famous "Yentl, the yeshiva boy". However, in my opinion "The Last Demon" is the actual masterpiece.

  • Christiane
    2019-02-13 16:44

    The Last Demon (3 stars) :Where is the need for demons when humans have reached the utmost levels of evil without their temptations and persuasions ?Yentl (2 stars) : A love story and a look at the traditions and beliefs of orthodox Jews in Eastern Europe where women were denied knowledge and the study of the holy texts and condemned to a narrow, ignorant and superficial life.Cafeteria (4 stars) : Holocaust survivors meeting in a N.Y. café : the hopelessly traumatized for whom death is the only comfort, those barely surviving, those trying to start over with a new life and new families, some who sold their souls to survive … all of them witnesses to the writer’s view that “all of humanity suffers from schizophrenia, that degeneration has begun and everyone has gone insane."

  • Mark JEaston
    2019-01-19 16:41

    Containing three short stories–The Last Demon, Yentl the Yeshiva Boy, and The Cafeteria–this short collection shines as the laconic, personal tales unfold and roam over the vast topics of religion, morality, temptation, modernity, and the Yiddish spirit. While difficult, perhaps impossible, to truly appreciate without understanding the Jewish context, the book nonetheless makes for an intruding read for a Gentile, and is a great introduction to the spirit of Singer.

  • Mariana
    2019-01-26 16:41

    Me gustó mucho el libro. Contenía tres cuentos: el último demonio, Yentl y Cafetería. No sabría decir cual me gustó más... El primero gracioso, el segundo de dilemas complejos y el último sumamente filosófico ... A pesar de que todas las historias giran alrededor de las costumbres de los judíos aunque no las conocía mucho fue fácil seguir la lectura...

  • Tom
    2019-02-06 17:49

    A interesting collection of three short stories. My favorite was the doomed romance of Yentl the Yeshiva Boy.

  • Olivia Maia
    2019-02-05 17:55

    a primeira história (do título do livro) não achei grande coisa. mas as duas últimas são sensacionais.

  • Zozo
    2019-02-14 01:04

    What the fuck??

  • Ana
    2019-02-13 22:48

    Loved the stories, specially Yentl the Yeshiva Boy.A small book with three short but deliciously strange (and a bit despairing) tales. Loved it!