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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774600

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.001.0001

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Forbidden Fruit: Illicit Love Affairs between Jews and Gentiles in the Novels of Julian Stryjkowski

Forbidden Fruit: Illicit Love Affairs between Jews and Gentiles in the Novels of Julian Stryjkowski

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(p.366) Forbidden Fruit: Illicit Love Affairs between Jews and Gentiles in the Novels of Julian Stryjkowski
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13
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Regina Grol

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.003.0030

This chapter addresses the illicit love affairs between Jews and Gentiles in the Galician novels of Julian Stryjkowski, a Polish Jewish writer. In most of his oeuvre, Stryjkowski exhibits a pronounced loyalty to his Jewish heritage, and several of his novels are dedicated specifically to the reconstruction of the pre-First World War Jewish milieu of the region where he was born and lived. Together, Stryjkowski's four Galician novels constitute a subtly evoked return to a segment of Europe now vanished, and they focus heavily on the Jewish community. The author reconstructs the reality of Jewish life with such sympathy and meticulousness that one never doubts its authenticity. He is faithful to details of custom and tradition, to nuances of speech; he traces the changes effected in the Jewish community by political movements and explores the characteristics and conflicts of the group with exceptional powers of social observation. Poles and Ukrainians, by contrast, are marginal presences in his works. Indeed, the thrust of his writing appears to be to underscore the separateness of the Jews in Galicia, the gulf that existed between them and their Christian neighbours prior to the First World War.

Keywords:   illicit love affairs, Jews, Gentiles, Julian Stryjkowski, Jewish heritage, Jewish community, Jewish life, Poles, Ukrainians, Christians

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