By Dara Horn, Edward Lewis Wallant
For many people, remembering the Holocaust calls for attempt; we hearken to tales, watch motion pictures, learn histories. however the those who got here to be known as “survivors" couldn't keep away from their thoughts. Sol Nazerman, protagonist of Edward Lewis Wallant's The Pawnbroker, is one such sufferer.
At forty five, Nazerman, who survived Bergen-Belsen even if his spouse and youngsters didn't, runs a Harlem pawnshop. however the operation is simply a entrance for a gangster who can pay Nazerman a comfy wage for his companies. Nazerman's goals are haunted via visions of his earlier tortures. (Dramatizations of those scenes in Sidney Lumet's 1964 movie model are well-known for being the 1st time the extermination camps have been depicted in a Hollywood movie.)
Remarkable for its makes an attempt to dramatize the aftereffects of the Holocaust, The Pawnbroker is also worthwhile as an exploration of the fraught relationships among Jews and different American minority teams. That this novel, a countrywide e-book Award finalist, manages to be either humorous and weighty, makes all of it the extra tragic that its proficient writer died, at age 36, the 12 months after its book. The booklet bought greater than 500,000 copies quickly after it used to be released.
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Sol, totinka. Sit, sit. Bertha will get you a nice cool lemonade,” she said with stagy affection, her gray eyes reckoning slyly as always. ” A heavily built woman in her early fifties, she dressed too youthfully, and her hair was hairdresser-aged, the ends tipped with silver. “Sit. ” She prodded him toward a kitchen chair with patting motions of her soft hands. “I do not want lemonade, Bertha. Stop pushing me to sit! I am dirty—let me wash my hands. Do not concern yourself so much with my comfort all of a sudden,” he said.
Nazerman; I’ll take any amount you’re willing to give, regardless of the spirit in which it is given. ” She took out a little pad of receipts with the imprint of the Youth Center on top, made a great show of impersonal efficiency about taking out a ball-point pen and ejecting the little nib. But then her demeanor failed her. “I’m still new at this. Perhaps you can tell me if I will meet such heedlessness often. indd 42 7/1/15 3:34 PM t h e paw n b r o k e r “See here, Miss Birchfield,” Sol said heatedly, “I resent having to explain to you.
He began to move menacingly toward the little gate that led from behind the counter. “All right, animal, get out of here! Come on, out! ” “Okay, okay, mister, don’ go gettin’ all hot like. Gimme the four rubles, I take the four,” he said, his hands trembling and flying around with his need. ” His face showed the agony of some inner burning, an unbearable expression that filled the Pawnbroker with rage. “Go on now,” Sol said, pushing the money at him. “And don’t go bothering me with your foul mouth any more.