Daniel M. Jaffe

With Signs and Wonders: An International Anthology of Jewish Fabulist Fiction

With Signs and Wonders
Bringing together 24 contemporary writers and translators from 19 different countries, and including numerous new and original translations, this anthology captures the exuberant storytelling tradition of the Jewish people, a literary heritage shaped by centuries of legends, folkore, and mysticism. Teeming with passion and humor and rooted in the triumphant and tragic history of a people, these stories illustrate the Jewish fascination with the mysteries of the imagination and the endless possibilities of life.

Authors include Moacyr Scliar of Brazil; Dina Rubina of Uzbekistan, Russia, and Israel; Teresa Porzecanski of Uruguay; Joan Leegant and Steve Stern of the United States; Ruth Knafo Setton of Morocco and the United States; and many others.

Readers' reactions:

"Readers seeking refuge in the wilds of the imagination will find it here...These stories provide a comforting link with a Jewish literary tradition as old as the Bible."
Carol Cook, Ha'aretz

"A rich manifestation of the Jewish culture...This anthology is a tribute to both a shared literary tradition and to a people's imagination."
Micaela Kramer, The Forward

"A deliciously multifaceted journey into alternative realities. Jaffe has the right editorial pitch: he sees literature globally. His selections display the inquisitiveness of the rabbinical mind and the compassion of secularism."
Ilan Stavans

"An anthology to be savored by scholars and lay readers alike." Diane Matza

Selected Works

Daniel's newest novel follows a teenager's struggle to integrate his gay and Jewish identities. Can he be true to his desires while still being a good Jew?
In this novel-in-stories, the narrator explores different ways of adapting Jewish tradition to the modern world.
Daniel's short story collection examines many aspects of contemporary gay-Jewish life.
A year after the death of his Holocaust-surviving grandmother, Dave Miller leaves Boston for Amsterdam, the home of Anne Frank, whom his Grandma revered. Dave, feeling undeserving to confront the suffering that Grandma endured, cannot bring himself to visit Anne Frank's house. Angry at himself and the world, Dave seeks out risky erotic trysts that mix sacred ritual with profane hedonism. Then he meets Alexander, a sexually reserved Dutchman of Indonesian heritage, who has identity conflicts of his own. The relationship shakes both men's lives to their core.

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