by Myra Sklarew

The Compound of the Scribes

Answering letters from the concentration camps

Heidegger’s Glasses by Thaisa Frank (Phoenix Books, $22.95/$28.95 Canadian) takes as its protagonist a woman capable of transforming herself. But unlike Demeter or Arachne, she does so by shifting identity rather than by physical alteration. She operates in a world, a time that has lost its moral compass. While others adhere to strict ideological codes, at times supported by nothing more than superstition, Elie Schacten has the capacity to move snakelike across boundaries and borders closed to most.

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