Shosha is a hauntingly lyrical love story set in Jewish Warsaw on the eve of its annihilation. Aaron Greidinger, an aspiring Yiddish writer and the son of a distinguished Hasidic rabbi, struggles to be true to his art when faced with the chance at riches and a passport to America. But as he and the rest of the Writers' Club wait in horror for Nazi Germany to invade Poland, Aaron rediscovers Shosha, his childhood love-still living on Krochmalna Street, still mysteriously childlike herself-who has been waiting for him all these years.
About the Author
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91) was the author of many novels, stories, children's books, and memoirs. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.
Date of Birth:July 14, 1904
Date of Death:July 24, 1991
Place of Birth:Radzymin, Poland
Place of Death:Surfside, Florida
Education:Attended Tachkemoni Rabbinical Seminary in Warsaw, Poland, 1920-27
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
To me, Shosha is a book about a culture lost, about the vibrant and diverse, and very much alive community of Polish Jews in the interwar period. Singer describes with emotion, but also cynicism and criticism, the different aspects of that life, which the war wiped out forever. But as always with SInger, this is also very much a book about love, and it's not necessary the love between Shosha and the protagonist, but more about the man's need for a love and a desire for the simple. The young writer goes back to the slow and immature girl who was his companion of childhood, his first listener who appreciate every word. The book presents a love that is completely unconventional, but one that has so many unexpected aspects and faces.