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Bloodshed and Three Novellas by Cynthia Ozick
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Nov 02, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: american-literature
Read in November, 2008 , read count: 2

I first read the novella Usurpation for a seminar on Jewish American writers when I was in college. It may be the strangest story I have ever read, with characters including a talking goat who is cousin to a rabbi's wife and the ghost of the poet Tchernichovsky. The story is about writers, stories, and ambition. I have spent more time thinking about it than any other story I have read in the past fifteen years. The first paragraph ironically sums up a feeling I have frequently had while reading: "Occasionally a writer will encounter a story that is his, yet is not his. . . . But sometimes it happens that somebody else has written the story first. It is like being robbed of clothes you do not yet own."

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