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Cynthia Ozick

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Title: Bloodshed
Author: Cynthia Ozick
Genre: Novellas
Written: to 1976
Length: 178 pages
Availability: Bloodshed - US
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    • A Mercenary
    • Bloodshed
    • An Education
    • Usurpation (Other People's Stories)

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Our Assessment:

B+ : powerful, well-written stories

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Review Summaries
Source Rating Date Reviewer
The Atlantic Monthly . 5/1976 Amanda Heller
Christian Science Monitor . 2/8/1976 N.G.Reed
The New Republic . 5/6/1976 Rosellen Brown
New Statesman . 23/7/1976 Susannah Clapp
The NY Rev. of Books . 1/4/1976 Susannah Clapp
The NY Times Book Rev. . 11/4/1976 Julian Moynahan
TLS . 23/7/1976 Paul Bailey

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The complete review's Review:

       Usefully prefaced by the author, Bloodshed is a nice, small collection that shows off the many facets of Ozick's fiction.
       The first story, with its mercenary title, comes with an epigraph by Goebbels -- a surprising gauntlet for Ozick to throw at the reader's feet. A sly, elegant story of two diplomats, Ozick ventures into at least some new territory with the African Morris Ngambe and the "politically African" Pole Stanislav Lushinski, a "Paid Mouthpiece" for an African country. One wonders how the story will stand up in this post-Cold War time, when so many of its premises are already forgotten. Nevertheless, it is a useful reminder of that specific period.
       Usurpation is, ultimately, about "the dread of imagination", Ozick states, "a story written against story-writing." There's a fit challenge from an author such as Ozick, and she does not disappoint.
       The other two novellas are also very solid, though less exceptional, but they round off this varied collection nicely.
       An excellent introduction to Ozick's work and interests, we certainly recommend this collection.

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About the Author:

       American author Cynthia Ozick is the author of numerous works of fiction, as well as several collections of essays. She has been awarded a number of prizes and honors, and she has received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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