The Magician of Lublin Yasha the magician sword swallower fire eater acrobat and master of escape is famed for his extraordinary Houdini like skills Half Jewish half Gentile a free thinker who slips easily between world

  • Title: The Magician of Lublin
  • Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • ISBN: 9780140048070
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • Yasha the magician sword swallower, fire eater, acrobat and master of escape is famed for his extraordinary Houdini like skills Half Jewish, half Gentile, a free thinker who slips easily between worlds, Yasha has an observant wife, a loyal assistant who travels with him and a woman in every town Now though, his exploits are catching up with him, and he is tempted toYasha the magician sword swallower, fire eater, acrobat and master of escape is famed for his extraordinary Houdini like skills Half Jewish, half Gentile, a free thinker who slips easily between worlds, Yasha has an observant wife, a loyal assistant who travels with him and a woman in every town Now though, his exploits are catching up with him, and he is tempted to make one final escape from his marriage, his homeland and the last tendrils of his father s religion Set in Warsaw and the shtetls of the 1870s, Isaac Bashevis Singer s second novel is a haunting psychological portrait of a man s flight from love.

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    1. How lucky I am only to be reading Singer now, with some nine or ten of his novels still before me. The Magician of Lublin is my third. I feel somehow blessed. I've come across a theme shared here with another Singer novel, Enemies: A Love Story. In that later book the protagonist, Herman Broder, is torn between three women. A Holocaust survivor, Broder has lost all belief in God. He finds a reason for living in each of the three women. The rest of his life is one long panic attack. The wife he h [...]

    2. "Se a sorte de um homem depende do infortúnio de outros, então não existe sorte para ninguém. Se Deus não existe, então o homem tem de se comportar como um deus."Yasha é um judeu de quarenta anos. Hipnotista, mágico de truques de cartas, de espectáculos no arame e para quem não há fechadura nem coração de mulher invioláveis."Era um labirinto de personalidades - religioso e herege, bom e mau, falso e sincero. Era capaz de amar muitas mulheres ao mesmo tempo."Casado com Esther, é am [...]

    3. I'm missing something here. I had absolutely no empathy with or sympathy for the main character, I have no picture of him in my head, I didn't believe in him, I didn't understand him. I didn't care about him or any of those around him. My conclusion is that this is not well written. It paints a rich picture of the Poland of the period; though I have no idea if it is historically accurate, it was at least interesting. That seems to be the strength of the author and the point of his work. In this [...]

    4. So, when you're a lout, a layabout, adulterer and all-around rotten egg sinner, what do you do for penance? Well, if you're Yasha, the Magician of Lublin, you do something pretty out of the ordinary and realize that, as you're skimming through life thinking your behavior isn't affecting anyone, better think again.I'm not sure, however, that Singer wrote this book as a parable on unintended consequences, though that's certainly a large take-away from this story.So many of us go through life inter [...]

    5. No prettying things up in this book- it's pretty raw and bleak. As they say "Like a dash of cold water"! It is about a manipulative and deceitful magician's struggle with his evil side. This book should be depressing, but you are glad you survived, in whatever condition. I say "you", and not the protagonist because the writing is so good that, oddly enough, you identify so strongly with the main character that you feel like you lived this book!

    6. Extremely enjoyable novel by Isaac Singer about the lecherous and then pious life of a secularist Jewish showman in early 20th century Poland.As usual Singer is masterful in picturing the past. At this time even without being encyclopedic and perfectionist as he was in, say, "Shadows on the Hudson". Albeit I use to like long novels full of details without any aspect or detail left, I have to say how at the moment I prefer something like "The Magician of Lublin". There is no single boring or out- [...]

    7. A cautionary tale about the dangers of believing yourself to be beyond reproach. The Magician of Lublin is an interesting blend of timeless interactions across class divides and a time-capsule-esque setting of Jewish ‘shtetls’ in late 19th centuary Poland.Yasha, the unlikeable, selfish, womanising, ‘hero’ of this tale is one of the most frustrating and vivid characters I have come across in a while. He practically leaps off the page with his self-importance and his completely contradicto [...]

    8. Yasha Mazur, magician, lover, free spirit in prewar Poland, "could never understand how other people managed to live in one place and spend their entire lives with one woman without becoming melancholy." He had a dutiful and loving Jewish wife in his hometown, but most of the year he traveled the country. A woman in every town, a young female assistant for his act, an industrious agent, all assure Yasha money, variety and freedom from melancholy.He could open any lock, escape from any enclosure, [...]

    9. Razbokoren felinijevsko-šagalovskim slikama i likovima i razbašuren (jidiš) jezikom i teškim mislima i sumnjama, roman "Mađioničar iz Lublina" podastire pred čitaoce sav raskoš Singerovog talenta.

    10. Art is a matter of taste and style. This book just like any other is a work of art. This particular artwork wasn't to my taste. To me it seems that the most of the story takes place in Yasha's head. We don't really get a feel for his talents as magician or the world he occupies until the end when he receives a letter from Emelia. That letter paints a picture of the type of person he is from a perspective other then his own. His musings give a Shutter Island feel. The espousal of his particular p [...]

    11. Історія про те, що від власної харизми і пасіонарності не втечеш. Було дуже цікаво читати першу половину книжки, без навмисного їдишкайту і фольклорності, але вони з'явилися наприкінці. Зрештою, чи може книжка написана їдишем бути універсальною? Варшава і Люблін 19 століття [...]

    12. "The Magician of Lublin" is a simple morality tale. Yasha is a magician who performs magic shows throughout Poland. He himself is a rationalist on the borderline of being an atheist. His wife, on the other hand, is a believing and practicing Jew who lives strictly according to Jewish law. Yasha is a serial adulterer who has a mistress in every city where his job as a magician takes him to.The story starts when Yasha goes to Warsaw on a tour. This journey is a metaphor to the spiritual journey th [...]

    13. In one of his shorter novels, Singer writes about Yasha, a Jewish magician (a modern day street performer/las vegas showman) in late 19th century Poland who juggles (pun intended) multiple women as well as questions of faith, morality, and mortality. As always, Singer writes in an engaging style (even with it being translated from the original Yiddish) and includes many unforeseen occurrences which reach a crescendo leading Yasha to seek his own form of penitence.This book reads more like a fabl [...]

    14. I didn't feel this was as successfully realized a novel as The Slave. But I do have to hand it to Singer: in an era in which his contemporaries were portraying sexually promiscuous male protagonists who pursue various "conquests" as heroes, Singer creates the same kind of character but shows him, in the end, to be morally bankrupts and depicts his eventual transformation into a spiritual seeker. Protagonists like this do not exist in the works of Philip Roth, John Updike, or Saul Bellow, as far [...]

    15. Ik ben al jaren geïnteresseerd in de joodse cultuurlevens en ik heb essays geschreven over Jiddische literatuur, een taal die uitsterft, en zo ook een literatuur. De laatste grote Jiddische schrijver, Sutzkever, stierf in 2010 en dit wordt nu gezien als het definitieve eindpunt van de Jiddische literatuurgeschiedenis. Singer won als enige van hen de Nobelprijs. Zijn verhalen zijn gevuld met Poolse getto's, Joodse mythologie en mystiek, vreemde levens en ongelukkige huwelijken. De magiër (of du [...]

    16. Risente, nel bene e nel male, della stesura originale in yiddish. Il pregio è quello di una lingua energica, evocativa, piacevole al gusto. Il limite, che talvolta il sentore della didascalia è un po' troppo forte. Vi si narra di una discesa rovinosa negli inferi dell'esistenza e di una successiva, volitiva, catarsi. La vicenda sembra però lo spunto per creare una cassa di risonanza al Dogma, e questo fatto mi lascia un po' perplesso. La grande forza narrativa di cui Singer è dotato ne resta [...]

    17. I don't know what I thought this was about. Well, I do know what I *thought* this was about, it's just that the book description is woefully inadequate.This falls into the category of morality play, although set in the latter part of the 19th Century. I am not fond of morality plays, nor am I especially interested in reading about people who decide to give up their supposedly evil ways and turn to God. Should I rate this lower? It did keep me reading and it was not a total waste of time.

    18. Good story, I believe it is a statement about god and doing what is right, and something like karma, or everyone gets their justice sooner or later.

    19. Trickster Tumbles, Taps into TruthBut can we know what God wants us to do ? Isn't it a case of Man sewing throughout his lifetime the clothes that fit him ? We ask a million questions, however the answers lie only within. You have to do as you see fit. Some say the discipline of orthodox religion points out the road; every bird, every snowflake, every acorn lying on the grass is proof of God's existence. Others deny the whole thing and swear God never existed. Singer's tale of a religiously-laps [...]

    20. Kejklíř z Lublinu pojednává o Jašovi Mazurovi, který vystupuje v Polsku 19. století jako akrobat a kouzelník. Neustálé převlékaní kabátu, úniky a triky, ale nejsou součástí pouze jeho obživy, ale také vyjádřením postoje k životu a vztahům. Zatímco doma žije s prostou Ester, na cestách ho doprovází mladá akrobatka Magda. Sem tam uteče za vdovou Zeftel, přičemž je zamilovaný do intelektuálky Emilie. Jašu trápí nerozhodnost, nedostatek peněz i mravní odvaha [...]

    21. Le entré con muchas ganas por lo bueno que me pareció el primer libro que leí del autor (La destrucción de Kreshev) sin embargo al primer cuarto del libro me comenzó a parecer un tanto aburrido. Nos lleva lentamente, muy lentamente, por la vida azarosa de un prestidigitador y acróbata que tiene también como habilidad enamorar y dejar mujeres por todos los caminos por donde pasa. Gran parte de la novela se basa en las confusiones del personaje que surgen a cada encuentro pasional. Si bien [...]

    22. Our Magician, Yasha, travels Poland and a circuit in Eastern Russia performing slight of hand tricks, hypnosis and high-wire walking. He has a wife at home in Lublin, his assistant is also his mistress and he has a lover in Warsaw, the home base of his performances. Yasha professes to be an atheist but in truth has never stopped believing in Judaism and by chance finds himself having spiritual experiences in synagogues along the way. When disaster strikes Yasha finds himself reflecting on what i [...]

    23. Set in 19th century Poland, this tells the story of Yasha, a working magician, who travels around the country to visit his different mistresses and work in theatres. This novel is full of raw energy, it's told with vigour and liveliness that make it so enjoyable to read. I especially liked discovering more about the world of the shtetl and the Jewish communities within towns and villages in Poland. Yasha is a very believable character: torn between religious faith, and entering a life of crime a [...]

    24. 3.5 stars. A very told story about Yasha who is a Houdini type magician is his 40s. He is a non practising jew who has been married to Esther for a number of years. Yasha and Esther have no children. Yasha travels throughout Poland as a performer and in a number of towns he has a mistress. He is generous and has a lot of friends. He falls in love with a widow, Emilia and promises to take her and her daughter to Italy. However he doesn't have the money to move permanently and thinks of other ways [...]

    25. This is my first book of Singer and I am totally satisfied with it. It is very interesting - you will get two know not only development of different people fates but also interesting facts about late 19th century, some information about Jewish religion and way of life. Strongly recommend this book. 5 out of 5.

    26. Strange book. Very reflective on religion, the meaning of sin, the presence of god, etc, but with a good story that held my attention. I enjoyed it. It was quite atmospheric and I always enjoyed reading about times gone by and the way people lived in other parts of the world.

    27. A quick read having proportionate sprinkling of morality, lechery and spirituality. Touches Judaism and Polish peasant culture in a way which is quite striking and illuminating.

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