Unit 2 Fool’s Paradise. By Isaac Bashevis Singer. Unit Overview. In this unit you will : Read a tale told by Singer Learn more about how to preview a reading material Take a test in fast reading Read a tale Sleeping Ugly Read a section from Alice in Wonderland. About the author:.
By Isaac Bashevis Singer
In this unit you will :
Singer, Isaac Bashevis , 1904-91, American novelist and short-story writer in the Yiddish language, younger brother of I. J. Singer, b. Poland. He emigrated to the United States in 1935 and worked in New York City as a journalist on the Jewish Daily Forward. In 1943 he became an American citizen. Singer's work, often frankly sexual, draws heavily on Jewish folklore, religion, and mysticism. Though he wrote in Yiddish, he was fluent in English and closely supervised the English translations of his works. In 1978 he won the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first Yiddish-language author to be so honored. Many of his later works treat the loneliness of old age and the sense of alienation produced in Jews by the dissolution of values through assimilation with the Gentile world. His novels include The Family Moskat (tr. 1950), Satan in Goray (tr. 1955), The Manor (tr. 1967), Enemies (tr. 1972), Shasha (tr. 1978), The Penitent (tr. 1983), Scum (tr. 1991), and the posthumously published Shadows on the Hudson (tr. 1997). Singer is also highly regarded for his imaginative, perceptive, and witty short stories. Collections include Gimpel the Fool (tr. 1961), The Spinoza of Market Street (tr. 1961), Old Love (tr. 1979), and The Death of Methuselah (tr. 1985). He also wrote books for children and several plays, notably The Mirror (tr. 1973).
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1978"for his impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life"
The story has been very popular and has been adapted to the stage. The following is a comment on a version of chamber opera. It can help you understand the story.
1. Why did Atzel want to kill himself after a few days' stay in paradise?
Atzel wanted to kill himself after a few days' stay in paradise because he found that life there was too monotonous. One could do nothing in paradise except eating the same thing everyday and sleeping.
2. What do you think the moral of the story is?
We should treasure the days while we are living and make the best of them.