By Isaac Bashevis Singer
Meshugah, Singer's 3rd posthumous novel, is a powerful paintings which the writer released serially in 1981 - eighty three. It issues Holocaust survivors in big apple within the early Nineteen Fifties. the tale is narrated through Aaron Greidinger, who reveals himself inextricably invloved with a bunch of refugees at the higher West Side.
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I asked. "If you ask me, there is nothing but chaos. " "Yet you're always speaking of God, Max," Miriam said. " "Not from piety. I did it in remembrance of my parents and my heritage. One can be a Jew without believing in God. What sort of religion is this religion of protest? If God does not exist, there is no one to protest against. And if He does exist, He may very well afflict us with another Hitler. Those who are moved to kiss the rod do it from fear. God Himself has put it concisely and clearly--you must love me with all your heart, all your soul, all your might.
In Shanghai I became a printer. I published the Shyta Mekubbetzet, the Ritba, the Rasha. I know all about proofs and typesetting. I myself have stood at the composing box, picking out type by hand. That the Jews are mad I've always known, but that they would be capable of founding a yeshiva in China, where they quibble over 'an egg that was laid on a holiday,' while their families were being shoved into ovens--that I never imagined. I escaped because an old rival of mine in Warsaw, a competitor in business, got me a visa to America.
In her left cheek a hint of a dimple showed. We walked through a long corridor. From the kitchen came the smell of roasted meat, garlic, fried onions, potatoes. She led us to a room furnished with a tapczan, as it was called in Warsaw--it served as a sofa during the day and a bed at night. It became clear to me that the apartment was not hers, and that the room in which we stood served her as living, dining, and bedroom. A young woman knocked on the door and said, "Mrs. " "Me? " And Irka Shmelkes disappeared.
Meshugah by Isaac Bashevis Singer