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    Description"An astonishing writer ... who has secured himself a seat in the distinguished history of Jewish-American letters". -- The Philadelphia InquirerSteve Stern returns with lyrically comic tales about the Pinch, a backwater Jewish community in Memphis, whose misbegotten citizens refer to themselves as "the lost tribe". Stern's dreamers are plagued by history, lust, solitude, and the extravagance of their own fevered imaginations.Stern is a consummate spinner of tales, a mythmaker. A Plague of Dreamers evokes the American Jewish experience, weaving a tapestry of tradition and assimilation and, ultimately, of transformation.


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    Title
    Plague of Dreamers
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Steve Stern
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 267
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 308 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780815604532
    ISBN 10: 081560453X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC E4L: SST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FYB
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PS3569.T41
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: FBA, FYB
    Edition statement
    Syracuse Univ P.
    Publisher
    Syracuse University Press
    Imprint name
    Syracuse University Press
    Publication date
    31 March 1997
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review text
    Another beguiling dispatch from the Pinch - Memphis's Jewish ghetto - in the form of an intricate generational tale preceded by two curtain-raisers. The first story, "Zelig Rifkin and the Tree of Dreams," proceeds exactly as advertised: famed local coward Zelig Rifkin, tormented by the Pinch Gang and forced to climb a humongous tree to retrieve their lost kite, finds that from the height of the tree's branches he can see what everyone in town is dreaming, enter their dreams if he chooses, and puff himself for a few precious weeks into the mensch he's never been. "Hyman the Magnificent" presents a dry-goods escapist artist who, unwisely convinced that he's Houdini's spiritual son, fails at ever more dangerous stunts until the predictably paranormal climax. But Stern (Harry Kaplan's Adventures Underground, 1991, etc.) saves his boldest magic for his biggest story, "Annals of the Kabakoffs," in which a series of flashbacks reveal how family black-sheep Itchy Kabakoff - carnival hustler, author of a thousand seams, and agent of his father Moses's suicide - has all along been recapitulating the life of his grandfather Yankel, kidnapped from his native village and sold into the Tsar's army - until even Itchy himself realizes that his dreamlike liaison with his Tante Laylah, an authentic descendant of Lilith rescued from the family fate of disappearing by a timely application of printer's ink by Mose, binds him tighter to his family in more ways than one. So maybe the gears of the fantastic groan from time to time, but Stern never loses his command of the Hasidic storyteller's gift: he makes you feel that the entire universe is balanced on the Jewish neighborhood of Memphis, Tennessee. (Kirkus Reviews)
    Back cover copy
    Steve Stern returns with lyrically comic tales about the Pinch, a backwater Jewish community in Memphis, whose misbegotten citizens refer to themselves as 'the lost tribe.' Stern's dreamers are plagued by history, lust, solitude, and the extravagance of their own fevered imaginations.