Remembrances of a Rabbi's Son
Isaac Bashevis Singer.
New York: The Heron Press, 1984. Large octavo. Beige boards. Set and printed in Linotype Janson by The Anthoensen Press on mouldmade paper of the Cartiere Enrico Magnani and bound in Polish linen by the General Bookbinding Company. 32 pages. One of 500 copies, signed by Singer on the half-title page. A signed lithograph by Chaim Grass is laid in. Fine.
"The storyteller and poet of our time, as in any other time, must be an entertainer of the spirit in the full sense of the word, not just a preacher of social or political ideals. There is no paradise for bored readers and no excuse for tedious literature that does not intrigue the reader, uplift him, give him the joy and the escape that true art always grants. Nevertheless, it is also true that the serious writer of our time must be deeply concerned about the problems of his generation. He cannot but see that the power of religion, especially belief in revelation, is weaker today than it was in any other epoch in human history. More and more children grow up without faith in God, without belief in reward and punishment, in the immortality of the soul and even in the validity of ethics. The genuine writer cannot ignore the fact that the family is losing its spiritual foundation."