The Second Scroll

The Second Scroll

Book - 1994
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Written soon after the founding of the state of Israel, The Second Scroll is A.M. Klein's most innovative and visionary work. The five "books" of the novel are a modern testament of Jewish experience to which are appended "glosses" or commentaries in the form of drama, epistle, poetry, and psalm. The action centres on a young writer from Montreal, whose search for his legendary Uncle Melech becomes a journey of revelation through Italy, Morocco, and the Holy Land. Dissident and exile, reformer and scholar, Melech is a messianic figure who enacts the destiny of his people and embodies the spiritual yearnings of everyman.

The Second Scroll , Klein's only novel, combines the lyric genius of his poetic works with compelling reportage to create one of the most eloquent and original works in Canadian fiction.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : McClelland & Stewart, 1994.
ISBN: 9780771034527
Characteristics: 142 pages ; 18 cm.


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Apr 09, 2018

This was an odd little book; it has an unusual structure; there are moments of high poetry, and even has a set of poems to gloss the prose chapters. My main interest in it is that it is among the first works of 'holocaust' literature - by now a sub-genre in its own right - which tries to come to terms with that historical event.

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