This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the short fiction of American-Yiddish writer Lamed Shapiro. This volume presents some of Shapiro's works in a thematic passion. It suggests that Shapiro's theme of sexual violence may owe something to still another literary trend popular in the years when he was coming of age and that his writings graphically render the struggle of the modern Jew thrust into a desperate search for meaning at the very moment when the traditional community is decaying from within and threatened by destruction from without.
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