The Second Scroll

The Second Scroll

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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 : McClelland & Stewart Inc., 1969, c1951
ISBN: 9780771034527
0771034520
Branch Call Number: FIC Klein
Characteristics: 142 p

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