Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Satan in Goray
Isaac Bashevis Singer


The pogrom that swept through Poland was interpreted as a sign of the Coming of the Lord. In the little town of Goray, laid waste by murder and famine, grief becomes joy as good news arrives of the second coming of the Messiah. Once the town’s pious rabbi is usurped, the townspeople are free to look forward to the End of Days, when they will wear golden jackets and dine on marzipan candy. But such perilously high hopes pave the way to hysteria, and a panic which could threaten the very existence of Goray.

Paperback, 208pp
Vintage Classics, 2000 (1935)
ISBN 9780099285472