Enemies, A Love Story

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Enemies, A Love Story
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First English edition
AuthorIsaac Bashevis Singer
Original titleSonim, di Geshichte fun a Liebe
TranslatorAliza Shevrin and Elizabeth Shrub
CountryUnited States
LanguageYiddish
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date
1966
Published in English
1972
Media typePrint (Paperback & Hardback)
Pages228 pp
ISBN0-374-51522-0
OCLC31348418

Enemies, A Love Story (Yiddish: Sonim, di Geshichte fun a Liebe‎) is a novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer first published serially in the Jewish Daily Forward in 1966. The English translation was published in 1972.[citation needed]

Plot summary[edit]

Set in New York City in 1949, the novel follows Holocaust survivor Herman Broder. Throughout the war he survived in a hayloft, taken care of by his non-Jewish, Polish servant, Yadwiga, whom he later takes as his wife in America. Meanwhile, he has an affair with another Holocaust survivor, Masha. To Yadwiga, he poses as a traveling book-salesman despite the fact he is simply a ghost writer for a corrupt rabbi. He wanders about New York with a constant paranoia and perpetual desperation, made more complicated when his first wife from Poland, Tamara, who was thought to be killed in the Holocaust, comes to New York.

Adaptations[edit]

An eponymous film, based on the book and directed by Paul Mazursky, was released in 1989. The Manhattan apartment building with a curved, ivory facade in the movie is The Paterno,[citation needed] located at the intersection of Riverside Drive and 116th Street.

The novel was adapted as an opera by Ben Moore; it premiered at Palm Beach Opera in 2015.[1]

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