$17.95 – Paperback / Melville House Publishing / United States
The North of God
Here in a place dedicated to the manufacture of fear-a place
that one ghoul of a Rebbe declared was located to the North of God,
where his jurisdicition no longer held sway-Velvl found himself
developing a certain resistance.
Through numerous books and stories, Steve Stern has become known
for his fantastical (and often wildly comic) stories based on
yiddish folklore-Harold Bloom has called him "a throwback to the
Yiddish sublime." But with this novella, Stern matches his
reverential understanding of that ancient story-telling's power
against something he's never written about before: the
The result is a mesmerizing tour-de-force: In a boxcar crammed
with Jews headed to a concentration camp, one man attempts to
summon up a story vital enough to displace the horror.
The story that comes out is ultimately a swirling, sweeping saga
about the stirring obstinacy of the human spirit. And by
confronting the ultimate horror with the mythology he has long
celebrated, it may also be the crowning achievement of Stern's
The Contemporary Art of the Novella series is designed to highlight work by major authors from around the world. In most instances, as with Imre Kert sz, it showcases work never before published; in others, books are reprised that should never have gone out of print. It is intended that the series feature many well-known authors and some exciting new discoveries. And as with the original series, The Art of the Novella, each book is a beautifully packaged and inexpensive volume meant to celebrate the form and its practitioners.
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