ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER
Polish-born American journalist, novelist, short-story writer, and essayist

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"Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge."
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer was born on July 24, 1904 in Radzymin, Poland as the son of a Hasidic rabbi and brother of the novelist Israel Joshua Singer. His parents were religious Jews and pushed him towards a career as a religious scholar. In 1921 he enrolled in Rabbinical School, but left only two years later to work for a Yiddish literary magazine. In 1923 Singer moved to Warsaw. He worked as a proofreader for the Literarische Bleter, which was edited by his brother I.J. Singer. Singer rendered into Yiddish German thrillers and works from such authors as Knut Hamsun, Thomas Man and Erich Maria Remarque. From 1933 to 1935 he was an associate editor of Globus. Working as a journalist, translator, and proofreader, Singer began to write short stories on the side. In 1935 he emigrated to the USA, where he started writing as a journalist and columnist for The Forward, a Jewish newspaper in New York By 1935 he had published his first book, SATAN IN GORAY (1935). Although Singer's works are best known in their English versions, he wrote them in Yiddish. Singer has collaborated with many distinguished translators, among them Saul Bellow, but most frequently Cecil Hemley. Many of his stories were published under the penname 'Isaac Bashevis', and much journalism as by 'Warshofsky'. He was a staunch vegetarian for his last 35 years, primarily because of compassion for animals. He was fond of saying that he was a vegetarian for health reasons - the health of the chicken. He frequently included vegetarian themes in his stories. In his short story, "The Slaughterer", he described the anguish that an appointed slaughterer had trying to reconcile his compassion for animals with his job of slaughtering animals. He felt that the eating of meat was a denial of all ideals and all religions: "How can we speak of right and justice if we take an innocent creature and shed its blood". Singer's novels are realistic in social and natural detail, but reveal spiritual truths and magic beyond everyday life. In the Year of 1978, Singer received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Singer died on July 24, 1991.
Bibliography of Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • translation: Pan by Knut Hamsun, 1928
  • translation: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, 1930
  • translation: The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, 1930
  • DER SONT IN GORAJ, 1935 - Satan in Goray
  • translation: From Moskow to Jerusalem by Leon S. Glaser, 1938
  • DIE FAMILJE MOSHKAT, 1950 - The Family Moskat - Moskatin suku
  • DER SHPIEGEL, 1956 - Gimpel the Fool, 1957
  • DER KUNSTNMAKHER FUN LUBLIN, 1960 - The Magician of Lublin
  • THE SPINOZA OF MARKET STREET, 1961
  • DER KNEKHT, 1962 - The Slave - Orja
  • SHORT FRIDAY, 1964
  • IN MY FATHER'S COURT, 1966 - Isäni seurakunta
  • ZLATEH THE GOAT, 1966
  • MAJN TANTS BES-DIN SHTUB, 1966
  • MAZEL AND SCHLIMAZEL, 1966
  • ZLATED THE GOAT AND OTHER STORIES, 1966
  • THE FEARSOME INN, 1967
  • SHORT FRIDAY, 1967
  • THE MANOR, 1967 - 
  • THE SÉANCE, 1968
  • WHEN SCHLEMIEL WENT TO WARSAW, 1968
  • THE ESTATE, 1969 
  • A DAY OF PLEASURE, 1969
  • THE FEARSOME INN, 1970
  • A FRIEND OF KAFKA, 1970
  • ELIJAH THE SLAVE, 1970
  • JOSEPH AND KOZA, 1970
  • ALONE IN THE WILD FOREST, 1971
  • THE TOPSY-TYRVY EMPEROR OF CHINA, 1971
  • THE WICKED CITY, 1972
  • ENEMIES, A LOVE STORY, 1972
  • A CROWN OF FEATHERS, 1973
  • THE MIRROR, 1973 (play)
  • SCHLEMIEL THE FIRST, 1974 (play)
  • THE FOOLS OF CHELM AND THEIR HISTORY, 1973
  • WHY NOAH CHOSE THE DOVE, 1974 - Kun Noah valitsi kyyhkysen
  • A TALE OF THREE WISHES, 1975
  • THE MIRROR AND OTHER STORIES, 1975
  • PASSIONS AND OTHER STORIES, 1975
  • NAFTALI THE STORYTELLER, 1976
  • A LITTLE BOY IN SEARCH OF GOD, 1976
  • SHOSHA, 1978 - suom.
  • TEIBELE AND HER DEMON, 1978 (play)
  • YENTL, 1978 (play)
  • A YOUNG MAN IN SEARCH FOR LOVE, 1978
  • OLD LOVE, 1979
  • A CERTAIN BRIDGE, 1979
  • REACHES OF HEAVEN, 1980
  • PASSIONS, 1980 - Intohimoja
  • LOST IN AMERICA, 1981 - Nuori mies etsii rakkautta
  • MESHUGE, 1981-83 - MESHUGAH
  • THE GOLEM, 1982
  • THE COLLECTED STORIES OF ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER, 1982
  • THE PENITENT, 1983
  • LOVE AND EXILE, 1984
  • THE IMAGE AND OTHER STORIES, 1985 - Tarinoita vanhasta maasta
  • THE DEATH OF THE METUSELAH AND OTHER STORIES, 1988
  • KING OF THE FIELD, 1988 - Peltojen kuningas
  • SCUM, 1991
  • THE CERTIFICATE, 1992 - Lupakirja
  • A DAY OF PLEASURE AND OTHER STORIES FOR CHILDREN, 1996
  • ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER: CHILDREN'S STORIES AND CHILDHOOD MEMOIRS, 1996 (ed. by Alida Allison)
  • SHADOWS ON THE HUDSON, 1998
  • MORE TALES FROM MY FATHER'S COURT, 2000