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El Esclavo = The Slave

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A survivor of the 1648 slaughter of the Jews in the Ukraine, Jacob now lives as a slave in a Polish village. Splitting his solitary days between duties as a shepherd and regular prayers, he struggles to subdue his burning desire for Wanda, the gentile daughter of his owner. When even freedom and relocation do not calm his passion, Jacob abandons his new life and departs on ...more
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Published June 28th 2005 by Ediciones B (first published 1962)
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Ahmed
Nov 21, 2014 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

الكاتب هو يهودي بولندي حاز على نوبل 1978 .
أنا بحب أقرأ عن المجتمع اليهودي , وبتسحرني الأعمال اللى أبطالها بيكونوا من اليهود , والكاتب مؤمن شديد التدين , متمعن فى ديانته , فتظهر أعماله بشكل متناسق له بريق العمل المؤمن به صاحبه.
ببساطة : الرواية تدور فى بولندا فى القرن ال17 أثناء تمزق شديد طال المجتمع البولندي واضطهاد شديد للطائفة اليهودية .
يعقوب : اليهودي المتدين شديد الورع يقظ الضمير فى مواجهة بدائية وفجر مجتمع ساء حظه بأن وقع عبد لفرد منه.
واندا : الأرملة الجميلة البولندية , التي تمنت يعقوب وتمن
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Jasminka
Jan 13, 2016 Jasminka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ovo je jedan izuzetan roman smješten 1648, u vrijeme nakon masakra nekoliko tisuća Židova od strane kozaćkih hordi. Glavni je lik pobožan i obrazovan Židov Jakov koji u tom masakru gubi svoju porodicu, zarobljen je i postaje rob u hrišćanskoj porodici. Lijepo se prema njemu ophodi jedino prelijepa Wanda, kći njegovog gospodara. I naravno, počinje romansa... ali kakva! Neobična i dirljiva, napisana na jedan stvarno vrhunski način. Ovo je dirljiva, tragična i izuzetno tmurna priča ljubavi, strasti ...more
Ana Ruiz
Feb 20, 2011 Ana Ruiz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I realize that this is a love story. What I found charming about this particular love story is that I couldn't understand why it was called one. That is, until the end. The end is beautiful. I've read so many endings; endings that end with a sigh, with a cry, or with a laugh. But this one was perfect. I must admit I was sleepy when I read that last sentence, but I don't think I could've reacted to the finish of this book anyways. It was perfect.

Like I said, for me, this was mostly a ...moreI re
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Knjigomanijak
Aug 15, 2013 Knjigomanijak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Što napisati o romanu koji me je oduševio ? Čitajući ga sa 17 godina, duboko sam proživljavala sve što je u djelu napisano, sve što su proživljavali glavni likovi, a i sporedni ), sve što je rečeno bilo mi je začuđujuće dobro. I onda se odlučih prošle godine ponovo ga čitati. Nisam ništa očekivala. Zapravo sam mislila da me se neće tako dojmiti kao prije, jer sam dosta skeptična kada neko djelo čitam drugi put. Rijetko koje mi ponovo „legne“ Ovaj put sam se prevarila, jer začudo, nije bilo tako. ...more
Kerstin
Dec 20, 2013 Kerstin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another of Casey's books for school this next year. I loved it! I wish I could be a fly in the wall to hear the discussions they will have in class about the book. It is the story of Jacob who is a Jew, is sold as a slave after the massacres of Chmielnicki in the 17th Century. Jacob's wife and children and most of his family were murdered. He is kept as a slave for five years on a mountainside in Poland. Here he falls in love with Wanda, his owner's daughter, who is a widow herself. And, ...more
Kate S
Sep 06, 2013 Kate S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Another time and place with which I was not previously familiar. 17th century Poland, the Jewish population is treated horrendously. They are displaced, murdered, sold into slavery. Not only has Jacob been subjected to this treatment by others, his relationship with a Gentile woman gets him into hot water with his own Peoples. There are many, many questions about faith and what it means to be faithful and to have a relationship with God.

The writing was beautiful and I found myself struggling to
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Tonkica
Dosta kratka, ali teška.. Ima previše ponavljanja istih stvari koje ako vas i previše ne interesiraju, postaju iritantne. :-( Jedva čekala da ju završim!
Neka joj je i 2.5! :P
Ibrahim Elsayed
May 05, 2015 Ibrahim Elsayed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" العبد هو عبد نفسه فقط "
الرواية وجودية بإمتياز تذّكرنى بأعمال سارتر الأدبية .. الرواية تناقش أسئلة وجودية كبرى ولكنها تتطرح أسئلة ولا تعطى إجابة لكن سنجر أفرد صفحات مطولة يستعرض فيها المشاعر الإنسانية من الغضب والحب والشهوة والذنب والندم واليأس والأمل والإيمان والشك ..
هل حقاً الإنسان يملك حرية الإرداة وهل يملك أمره تماماً وهل يتحمل عبء تصرفاته كاملة ؟!!
كل تلك الأسئلة يُلقى بها سنجر فى وجوهنا ويتركنا نحن أيضاً فى نفس الحيرة ..
أعجبتنى كثيراً نهاية الرواية وبكيت فى مقطع معين لأنى شعرت بما شعر
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kostas  vamvoukakis
καλό και δυνατό, με όλη τη λαογραφία των Εβραίων να παίζει σημαντικό ρόλο. η πίστη και το πόσο μέσα της ζουν.... με πολλές βέβαια Παρασπονδιες
Marwan
Jan 23, 2015 Marwan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هذه هى المرة الثانية التى أقراء فيها لأسحق سنجر أحد أعمدة الأدب اليهودى اليديشى و أتمنى ألا تكون الأخيرة
القصة تدور فى القرن السابع عشر فى بولندا أى فى أواخر العصور الوسطى حيث مازال الأقطاع قويا جدا و النبلاء يعينون الملك و يعزلونه و يعيشون فى حالة من الفساد المهول و اللامسئولية ويسوقون رعيتهم كل صنوف الظلم و الأستغلال , فى ظل هذا يثور القوزاق الأوكرانيون بقياد كبيرهم خيملينسكى و ينتقمون من بولندا الدولة المستعمرة و بالتحديد من يهودها( أذناب المستعمر) شر أنتقام, فتقع المذابح و الأغتصابات و يجبر ك
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Casey
Dec 06, 2014 Casey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I have read the Bible, so I understood some of the references made, but I didn't understand all of them, since the Torah was mentioned and I'm not Jewish. I hated finding references I didn't understand, although I learned more because of them.

Great book. The writing was brilliant and I loved it.

I found some amazing quotes in this book that I have to share.

"...as Jacob looked about him, he saw that the community observed the laws and customs involving the Almighty, but
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Kathy
Jul 29, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Isaac Bashevis Singer' storytelling has arrested and spellbound me. I found this an intensely beautiful book.

Four years after the Chmielnicki massacres of the seventeenth century, Jacob, a Jewish slave and cowherd in a Polish village high in the mountains, falls in love with Wanda, his gentile master's daughter. Jacob is ransomed, and freed from his years of enforced slavery only to find it succeeded by another sort of slavery that would last as long as he lived. He is stunned by the
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Vishvapani
Jan 02, 2016 Vishvapani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Slave is one of Bashevis Singer's strongest novels, and a good place to start if you have never read any of his books - if only because it is a short novel. It's also wonderfully well written, reflective and strongly felt.
Several of Bashevis Singer's novels share a pattern: a man intends to be good but finds himself is drawn into love by his emotions. Choosing to be true to himself, he diverges from conventional Jewish virtue and encounters a new intensity of suffering that leads him more d
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Víctor Galán
Jun 01, 2016 Víctor Galán rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En esta obra, Singer relató una historia de amor marcada por las adversidades que las leyes y las circunstancias personales de los dos protagonistas tenían consigo. La obra supone una fuerte crítica a las normas que impiden al individuo actuar con libertad moral asustándole con la amenaza de no alcanzar la vida eterna. Jacob, el protagonista es un esclavo durante toda la novela, desde su situación inicial obligado a trabajar para Jan Bzik hasta después, cuando, ya liberado y traído de vuelta a l ...more
Jo Tsamaidis
Jan 15, 2015 Jo Tsamaidis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written and absorbing novel. It is so rich in detail and yet nothing is superfluous; it is a story that deals with the real fundamentals of life -faith, hope and love.

Jacob is committed to God. Even as a slave, he tries to observe all of the Jewish laws and customs. He is committed to his eternal life despite all manner of distractions: brutal living conditions, pagan influence and sexual desire. I was struck by the contrast between the pagans who were also considered Gentiles and t
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Wayward Child
It was quite interesting, certainly different from what I usually read. I prefer the Wanda part, for obvious reasons. The religious talk bothered me more than I expected it to. Personally, I have nothing against religion. But, I don`t think religion should stand in the way of happiness. All that self restraining, god fearing, I-will-punish-myself-for-my-sins behavior doesn`t sit well with me. Their lives would have been so much easier if they had not been so devoted. Now, some might agree with m ...more
Sasoo
Jul 10, 2013 Sasoo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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روايه جميله جدااااا..

أكثر جزء عجبني ..ألاول .."واندا"

الست الي أتمنيت اكون مكانها ..الي بقت ف الجزء التاني"ٍسارة "
بعد ما تزوجت يعقوب وأعتنقت اليهوديه ف السر و مثلت أنها خرساء ..لآن العقيدة اليهوديه بتمنع تحول حد الي اليهوديه .

والجزء التاني أثر فيا جدا ..وبالذات وهي بتولد ..

الجزء الاخير .."العودة" لما راح يجيب عظمها من القبر عشان يدفنه ف الارض المقدسه ..ويجهز لنفسه قبر جنبها ..والرحله مكملتش ف أتدفن هو جنبها ف بلتيزك .

وسعت من الكاتب شويه موضوع العظم الي متحللش بعد 20 سنه .

الكتاب مليان معلومات عن
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Grace
Apr 12, 2011 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Brutal descriptions of peasant life in 1600's Poland, plus pogroms and their effect on the Jewish community. The line from here to Auschwitz is straight and clear. Slams those who choose to practice the insignificant pieces of religion but leave out the critical stuff - like love, respect and charity. Woven into the hardships is a touching and romantic interfaith love story.
Brian
Mar 02, 2011 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intense and beautiful, this book is equal parts love story and critique of religion and society. It is written in such a way that it's true nature and message isn't fully apparent until the final chapters. Though based in 16th century Poland and written almost 50 years ago, it carries strong messages for life today. I am very happy to have read this.
Bettie☯


Translated from the Yiddish by the author and Cecil Hemley

Description: Four years after the Chmielnicki massacres of the seventeenth century, Jacob, a slave and cowherd in a Polish village high in the mountains, falls in love with Wanda, his master's daughter. Even after he is ransomed, he finds he can't live without her, and the two escape together to a distant Jewish community. Racked by his consciousness of sin in taking a Gentile wife and by the difficulties of concealing her identity, Jaco
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Erez Davidi
Feb 05, 2016 Erez Davidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a result of the Chmielnicki massacres in 1648, thousands of Jews lost their lives, among them was the family of the Jacob, who was taken as a slave later to be sold to Polish peasants. Up there, in the mountains, he is treated by everyone as subhuman, except by one Polish peasant - Wanda. Naturally, they fall in love.

After fellow Jews from his hometown pay the ransom and free Jacob, he tries to live a normal life in his hometown, yet he cannot forgot Wanda. So he decides to go to Poland and b
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zni
Mar 10, 2014 zni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read so many novels and short stories revolving around Love that I've convinced myself that the subject matter can no longer be written in new ways. But I.B. Singer's "The Slave" proved me wrong. Despite knowing that there is much pain and sorrow in between the pages I kept on reading because, somehow, I knew that there would be a happy ending well earned. It isn't the kind of love story wherein the couple exists within their own small world. In between the pages are lessons and insights on ...more
Corey
Jan 28, 2011 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hebrew
I'm not really a love story type of person but this one was simple, straight-forward, and sweet set against an interesting historical, cultural, and religious background. The theme of the book to me was the intense love between an unlikely pair during a time when love wasn't valued and was definitely not a prerequisite for marriage. The fictional couple was forced to avoid many a suspenseful obstacle in order to make their love work - quintessential romance. The simplicity of the plot surprising ...more
Yiannis
Sep 03, 2014 Yiannis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Το 2014, τουλάχιστον αναγνωστικά, ξεκίνησε εντυπωσιακά. Αν και ο Ισαάκ Μπάσεβις Σίνγκερ είναι καταρχήν γνωστός για τα διηγήματά του, προτίμησα να τον γνωρίσω από το πλέον δημοφιλές μυθιστόρημά του.

Το περί ου ο λόγος, μεταφέρει τον αναγνώστη στην Πολωνία του 17ου αιώνα. Ο κεντρικός ήρωας, ο Ιακώβ, είναι ένας ευσεβής Εβραίος. Μετά τις σφαγές της κοινότητάς του από Κοζάκους, πουλιέται σκλάβος σ' έναν Πολωνό κτηνοτρόφο. Την άνοιξη και το καλοκαίρι ζει απομονωμένος σ' έναν ορεινό στάβλο, κι εκεί ερω
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El
This book got me through the longer part of our trip (Paris to Marseilles to Toulon to Corsica), and I finished it last night when we first reached Florence. While not as good as the other two Singer books I read, there was a great deal of symbolism and mysticism I enjoyed in this particular Singer.



Rhonda... I hope everything at work is good and I did not screw anything up too terribly before I left. Thanks again to you and everyone for covering and I will see you next week. Say hello to all for
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Hermien
May 03, 2015 Hermien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, jewish
I was really gripped by this book and thoroughly enjoyed the writing and subject.
جلجامش Nabeel
Feb 05, 2015 جلجامش Nabeel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Slave العبد
Isaac Bashevis Singerإسحق باشيفيس سنجر
USA - Poland الولايات المتّحدة الأميركية - بولندا
first published in 1962
I finished it on 22th of September 2013

هذه هي الرواية الثانية التي أقرأها للكاتب الأميركي البولندي المولد الحائز على جائزة نوبل إسحق باشيفيس سنجر، والرواية - كما عودنا- قويّة وذات حبكة رصينة ولغة سلسة تشدّنا وتحثّنا على المواصلة حتّى النهاية ومفعمة بالقصص التوراتيّة التي يجد فيها الكاتب دائما صدى لما يواجه شخصيّاته الرئيسيّة من أحداث وما واجهه الأنبياء وأبطال قصص الكتا
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Simone Cook
The Slave
The Slave is a story centered on the idea of forbidden love. Essentially, what one would do for another when they are in love. However, I didn’t find it to be at all like any of the typical love stories I have read in the past. A small summary of the book is Jacob, the protagonist is kept as a slave for five years, in this time he falls in love with his master’s daughter, Wanda, even though it is prohibited for a Jew and a Gentile to have relations. When he is finally freed as a slave
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Veronika De abreu
The "love story" between Jacob and Wanda takes place in the era after Khmelnytsky massacre in Poland in 17th century where tens of thousands of Jews were killed.

What I admire on Singer's writings is the way how he is able to describe the man's emotions and the internal dilemmas and fights. In The Slave you accompany Jacob coping with loss of his family, facing the harsh conditions after the massacre, realizing the strenght of his feelings to Wanda, his internal repentance, feelings of guilt ...
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Mohamed Karaly
May 09, 2016 Mohamed Karaly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية عن مجتمع اليهود البولنديين، فى الاستيطان البولندى فى أوكرانيا. وتعرضهم للذل والانتهاك من غزوات القوزاق من ناحية، ولاضطهاد البولنديين المسيحيين من ناحية أخرى. وعزلة البطل اليهودى بعد حرق قريته، حيث بيع كعبد لفلاح بولندى وظل فى القرية منعزلا لخمس سنوات بعيدا عن كل ما يمت بصلة لليهودية، وللغة الييدية التى يتكلمها يهود بولندا. والرواية عن التغير الذى يحدث فى هذه العزلة والمكان الوسط الذى سيتعلق فيه البطل، والحافة التى سيظل يتشبث عليها بآخر ما تبقى من الإيمان اليهودى، بأعصاب مُذهلة. فى النهاية ...more
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Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish American author of Jewish descent, noted for his short stories. He was one of the leading figures in the Yiddish literary movement, and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.
His memoir, "A Day Of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw", won the U.S. National Book Award in Children's Literature in 1970, while his collection "A Crown of Feathers
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