The Shawl is considered a modern classic - a masterpiece in two acts. The horror and desolation evoked through piercing imagery - first through the abomination of a Holocaust concentration camp murder, second through the eyes of the murdered child's mother, thirty years later, now 'a madwoman and a scavenger' - offers the reader a chilling ...Read MoreThe Shawl is considered a modern classic - a masterpiece in two acts. The horror and desolation evoked through piercing imagery - first through the abomination of a Holocaust concentration camp murder, second through the eyes of the murdered child's mother, thirty years later, now 'a madwoman and a scavenger' - offers the reader a chilling insight into the empty suffering of a 'survivor'. In 'The Shawl', a woman named Rosa Lublin watches a concentration camp guard murder her child, a child barely old enough to walk. The shawl that was the child's security blanket and lone possession reappears in the second story, 'Rosa'. Rosa appears thirty years later, living in a Miami hotel and feeling the strain of a lifetime of pain: the hollowness of seeing her baby killed, of managing her harrowing memories she's being told to forget, and of even now being treated as a specimen and not a human being.Read Less
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Signed by Author. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 70 pages. Fine in Fine dust jacket. Landmark collection of the author's novellas. One of the greatest books of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Cynthia Ozick's "The Shawl" and "Rosa". Included in the annual Best American Short Stories Series, awarded First Prizes in the annual O. Henry Prize Stories, and anthologized countless times, they are finally brought together beautifully in this single-volume edition. Few contemporar y writers have explored the subject of loneliness as well as personal identity (which the author sees as inescapably linked with one's historical and ethnic roots) with as much tenderness and insight as Cynthia Ozick has. She is writing in three literary traditions simultaneously, all of them at the most profound level imaginable: The ancient Jewish, the modern European, and the Jamesian American. Hence, the dazzling allusiveness, poignant beauty, and sheer intensity of her work. A "must-have" title for Cynthia Ozick collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Cynthia Ozick. She also underlined her signature for emphasis. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is not price-clipped, has no tears, soiling or inscriptions whereas many copies available online have major flaws yet are priced as though they had collectible value. A very scarce signed copy thus. Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for "Fame & Folly". Finalist for the National Book Award in 1997 for "The Puttermesser Papers". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001 for "Quarrel & Quandary". Recipient of the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. One of the greatest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CYNTHIA OZICK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0394579763.
"The Shawl," by Cynthia Ozick, is one of the most celebrated imaginative works to emerge from the Holocaust experience. Written in a hallucinatory, concentrated prose, the story is told from the fevered perspective of a mother, Rosa, who along with her teenaged daughter Stella and the infant Magda hidden in a shawl, are being sent to a concentration camp, malnourished and cold. At times Ozick's imagery reminds one of Marc Chagall's paintings: Rosa is "a floating angel," while Magda's eyes are "horribly alive, like blue tigers." Elsewhere the narrator only alludes to the Nazi horror as in the crematoriums' "ash-stippled wind." The story's themes are survival and death, the dehumanization of deprivation and starvation, but also the muteness and voicelessness and primal instincts of the internees, the impossible choices posed by an intolerable condition.
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