The Slave

The Slave

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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, Jacob nonetheless stands firm as the violence of the era threatens to destroy the ill-fated couple.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374506803
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 10/01/1988
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 325,507
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91) was the author of many novels, stories, children's book, 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


Attended Tachkemoni Rabbinical Seminary in Warsaw, Poland, 1920-27

Table of Contents

Part 1Wanda1
Part 2Sarah145
Part 3The Return281

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Blaise on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a beautiful, touching story. It had the romance and tragedy of a love across cultures as well as an obscure historical setting and the enthralling minutae of the religious rites that Jacob, the main character, tried to follow in his enslavement in Poland. Having read the Old Testament, I was very interested to read about all the efforts he made to keep up his religion. I also cried bucketloads at the ending- which is one of my expressions of appreciation of great art :)-
Guest More than 1 year ago
What is life about? This book is not allowed to read, this who reads fall in love with simple people with very small possibilities to live together, but they wish. Only freedom is in mind and she has chosen him freely. That is the book to make souls rich in their remembering connected with one line: the love between two people out of the time. I very like their story; this is love of the heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A story of a Jewish man back in history. A tale of life. Kind of simbalic. It is a rival to The Chosen and The Promise. It is, in my opinion, better than those two books. More interesting at least.