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October 04, 1968 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-10-04

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An M. E. Fable
Utilized in a
Plot for Nolel

Nelly Sachs' Poems, Verse Play Presented in '0 the Chimneys

'

"The shepherd's pipe raised in quiver and arrow are hidden."
By special arrangement with sion: "To Nelly Sans as to the
by a child to God —
Like many of the poems, there
Farar, Straus and Giroux; the ancient writings, Israel is repre- desperation
Jewish Publication Society has is- sentative of the story of all of crea- attempted outbreak of the human is the mystical. There are stirring
in the face of horror.
experiences and the Holocaust, the
sued
the
verse
play
"Eli"
and
the
tion*s
fortunes
and
misfortune.
Penelope Mortimer, already
"The soldier: 'If he hadn't genocide had their impact. A Nobel
famed for• many of her excellent selected poems of Nobel Prize Dust, smoke, ashes are not with thrown his head back, I shouldn't Prize gave recognition to genius
the 'past' which one might be able
short stories, enhances her career winner Nell y UM. fi
'effected in this volume.
to have done with but are always have struck him down. . .
"
as a novelist with her newest full- Sachs under the ,
contemporaneous."
"That was a sign beyond all con-
length narrative, "My Friend Says title "0 the
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
The verse play "Eli" is a major trol—could be a secret signal.
It's Bullet-Proof," published by Chimneys." The
18—Friday, October 4, 1968
book's title is
element in the contents of the vol-
"No more trust in good on earth.
Random House.
from the initial
ume "0 The Chimneys." There is
"Written in a rhythm which must
A young ladyshe affirms her poem
which the
W YON WWI ma
a postscript to "Eli" which con- make the Hasidic mystical fervor
Jewishness which has nothing to distinguished au-
tains concluding notes of interest. visible also in mime to the per-
do with plot or her experiences— thor based on the
The
play,
steeped
in
Hasific
mys-
former

the
encounter
with
the
is a member of a tour, from Lon- verse (19:26)
IWS/DI DOWN you WON'T
ticism, is about a young shoe- divine radiance which accom-
don to the United States, and in a from Job: "And
FIND A INNER WINE THAN
maker, Michael, who seeks the panies each of our everyday words.
48-hour period there are a major though after my
murderer
of
the
child
Eli.
A
young
Alway
designed
to
raise
the
unut-
love affair, numerous adventures, skin worms de-
soldier strikes the boy dead. The terable to a transcendental level,
an offer of marriage, her decision stroy this body,
explanatory notes by Miss Sachs this night of nights to give a hint
to return to another love in yet in my flesh
of the holy darkness in which
are:
England.
Milos Winerhm. Detroit, Mich.
shall I see God." Miss Sachs
'The child Eli and the child of so as to make it bearable and in
Her confession that she had
Herself an escapee from the the murderer both die, victims of
undergone a cancerous breast op- Nazi terror—she fled from Ger- evil.
eration, the hard covering she many to Sweden in 1940 — Miss
"This mystery play was the out-
used being eliminated by the lover; Sachs' title poem challenges
the various details of tourists' whether the chimneys are "the come of a terrible experience of
parties, .etc., make this a tale that road for refugees of smoke?" and the Hitler time at the height of its
smoke and flame, and was writ-
holds attention.

concludes:
ten down in a few nights after my
Of interest is the introduction
0 you chimneys,
flight to Sweden.
by the lover of the story about
O you fingers
4
And Israel's body as smoke
the scorpion and the frog — the
Closing Out All Posters
scorpion inducing the frog, on
through the air!
DETROIT LINK #57—
The selections chosen for this
the promise of not harming him,
At or Below Cost!
to take him across the river. But volume were translated by Michael ORDER OF THE GOLDEN CHAIN
on the way the scorpion does the Hamburger, Christopher H o 1 m e,
ANNUAL
stinging anyway, and the ex- Ruth and Matthew Mead and
planation is: "Because it is mY Michael Roloff.
FEATHER PARTY
nature." This is the tale that had
The play "Eli" appears entirely
been applied to Arabs who say in English but the balance of the
Saturday, October 5, 1968
"this is the Middle East." Now book is bilingual, the original Ger-
8:30 p.m.
the Middle East application is man appearing on pages parallel to
eliminated. 'It has become the the English translation.
LABOR ZIONIST INSTITUTE
Oak Park
medium for a novelist!
While the poem with which the
19161 SCHAEFER, DETROIT.
"My Friend Says It's Bullet- collection is introduced speaks, in Prizes Galore — Free Refreshments
OPEN DAILY 9:30 to 9:00; SUNDAY 10:30 to 8:00
Proceeds to underprivileged children
Proof" is a well narrated story relation to the chimneys, about
with a splendid plot that is cer- Israel's body drifted as smoke
tain to hold the reader's attention. through the air," other selections
are outcries reflecting the terror.
In a moving introduction to
Hoffmann's Tales
this volume, the German poet
and critic, Hans Magnus Enzen-
in New Paperback berger, describes Nelly Sachs'
poems as "hard, but transpar-
E. T. A. Hoffman (1776-1822)
ent. He declares that "they do
was the foremost Late Romantic
not
dissolve in the weak solution
writer, completely at home in the
of interpretations . . . With Nelly
Gothic genre of horror and sus-
Sachs the difficulty is never of a
pense. His stories have been adapt-
technical nature; she neither
ed to numerous stage works
means to be calculating nor to
(Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker," Of-
shock; her poetry is neither a
fenbach's "Tales of Hoffman,"
secret
code nor a picture puz-
etc.) and have greatly influenced
zle; what we are dealing with
other authors—Poe, Hawthorne,
here
are
enigmas that do not add
Scott, and Dostoevsky. He was, in
up when they are solved, but
the opinion of many, the greatest
still retain an enigmatic aspect
writer of the supernatural who
—and -that aspect is what mat-
ever lived; the creator of marvel-
ters.
ous tales like "The Golden Flower
There are significant evaluations
Pot" and remarkable characters
of
Nelly Sachs and her works in
like Grandfather Drosselmeier and
Enzenberger's critical introduction
the evil Coppehus.
and the analyses of some of her
Hoffmann's tales have long been poems are most valuable. Of
popular in Europe, where they special significance, however, in
have been translated into Russian, relation to the Holocaust is his
French and other tongues. For comment in which he asserts:
some unaccountable reason, how-
Nelly Sachs is the last poetess of
ever, they're almost unknown in
Jewry who writes in German,
the English-speaking world except
and her work remains incompre-
through presentation on the stage.
hensible without this royal origin.
Now, with the publication of an
In her Stockholm refuge she ex-
original paperback collection of
perienced the genocide of the
10 of Hoffman's stories, "The
Final Solution more closely than
Best Tales of Hoffman," Dover
we. who . lived near the death
hopes to introduce his work to a
camps, and her book remains
wider audience than ever before.
the only poetic testimony that
The Dover volume, a carefully
can hold its own beside the dum-
selected anthology that shows
founding horror of the document.
Hoffman's uncanny ability to move
ary
reports. As incomparable as
from reality to ambiguity, mystery
this poetic deed may be, one can-
and romance, is edited by E. F
not
confine her work within this
Bleiler, who has also written an
achievement.' It is to do an injus-
introduction to the Dover edition
tice to this work if one seeks to
in which he describes Hoffmann's
reduce it to this act of witness.
life and contribution and points
ing, to this lament, or even to
out important elements in the
supplying redeeming information
stories.
for
'overcoming' what no power
Included- in the Dover volume
can' overcome."
are "The Golden Flower Pot," con-
In
relation
to this diagnosis, it is
sidered by many to be Hoffmann's important to note
that Enzenberger
finest tale; "Automata;" "A New reaches another important
conclu-
Year's Adventure," source for the
Venetian episode in "Tales of Hoff-
Soft and low. Gentle and quiet.
mann;" "Nutcracker and the King
It's better for you. Your nose and throat.
of Mice," probably one of the most
That's electric heat.
Better for your home.
delightful children's stories ever
It's the quietest heat you can get.
Call Edison for the name of your
written; "The Sand-Man," in which
If it's radiant, there's no sound at all.
nearest Edison-approved Electric Heat
Hoffman created Coppelia, the
If
it's
a
warm-air
furnace,
the
fan
runs
Contractor. He'll give you a no-obliga-
dancing doll; and "The Mines of
at a lower speed. Gives only a gentle tion survey. And we'll see that you get
Falun."
hum, soft as a lullaby.
You have until Octo-
a S100 trade-in allowance on your old
What else?
Being a good husband is like
ber 4. Call your city
heating plant.
any other job—much easier if
or township clerk to
Electric heat is clean. No fumes. No
Electric heat ... the hushabye heat.
you get along with the boss.
find out where.
soot. No draft. No chill one moment Comforting to have while your little

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