The Certificate by Isaac Bashevis Singer

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David Bendiner, a young writer and secularized Jew, has qualified to emigrate from Warsaw to Palestine, but he's broke, and in order to make the journey, he must enter into a fictitious marriage with a prosperous woman eager to get there. Grappling with romantic, political and philosophical turmoil, David must also confront his faith when his father, an Orthodox rabbi, shows up in Warsaw.
 

About Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91) was the author of many novels, stories, children's books, and memoirs. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.
 
Published January 1, 1993 by Hamish Hamilton Ltd.. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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David's brother Isaac, five years older, already belongs to Warsaw's Writers Club and seems a portrait of Singer's older brother, the novelist Israel Joshua Singer.

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A bittersweet posthumous finale to a distinguished career, this novel by the 1976 Nobel laureate returns one last time to the now-vanished universe of Polish Jewry between the world wars. Its narrator

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Singer tells David's story with cool detachment, allowing the young man's mix of self-importance and self-doubt to give his narration a fine, ironic edge.

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The Independent

David fancies that he might make a fiction of his troubles and of his fictive marriage, and Isaac Bashevis Singer's version looks like the authorised version of some of his own early uncertainties.

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The Independent

Like Bendiger, Singer left the devout Yeshiva world of his Polish-Jewish parents for the sacreligious world of his incorrigible imagination.

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