NCL 22 – The Second Scroll by A. M. Klein


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The Second Scroll by A. M. Klein (New Canadian Library N22)Series One

From the Back Cover:

The genius of A. M. Klein, one of Canada’s greatest poets, reached new heights in the literary power and dignified prose of The Second Scroll. This book is at once historic and contemporary. Covering the period of the pogroms of 1917 in Russia to 1949 when the infant state of Israel was one year old, the events parallel those of the first scroll in the days of Moses. Through Uncle Melech, “in whose veins run the numbered dead their plasma,” we experience the exile, exodus, and return to the Promised Land. This is exciting fiction, through which runs an intricate arabesque of shimmering threads, infinite in number, rich, symbolic–a deeply moving book of great significance and gigantic and universal proportions.


The Second Scroll by A. M. Klein (New Canadian Library N22) front coverSeries Two

From the Back Cover:

The genius of A. M. Klein, one of Canada’s greatest poets, reached new heights in the literary power and dignified prose of The Second Scroll. This book is at once historic and contemporary. Covering the period of the pogroms of 1917 in Russia to 1949 when the infant state of Israel was one year old, the events parallel those of the first scroll in the days of Moses. Through Uncle Melech, “in whose veins run the numbered dead their plasma,” we experience the exile, exodus, and return to the Promised Land. This is exciting fiction, through which runs an intricate arabesque of shimmering threads, infinite in number, rich, symbolic–a deeply moving book of great significance and gigantic and universal proportions.


The Second Scroll by A. M. Klein (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

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 lyrics genius of his poetic works with compelling reportage to create one of the most eloquent and original works in Canadian fiction.


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