Bernstein (Sadie has set her new novel in Europe during the turbulent years at the turn of the century. Salka Radin is 17 when her parents, fearing renewed violence against Jews in their native Russia, send her to live with relatives in Hamburg. Among the sophisticated Germans, Salka encounters another form of discrimination. Considered an Ostjude, or ghetto Jew, she is treated as a charity case rather than a member of the family. The action moves to Vienna when Salka is forced into marriage with Leon Salaman, son of a wealthy Viennese banker. The unworldly young woman falls passionately in love with her charming husband, but Leon proves chronically unfaithful, and their relationship is stormy. When Leon begins neglecting his duties at the bank, his father, the formidable Sandor Salaman, starts to rely on Salka's quick business mind. Salka's engrossing story plays out against a backdrop of resurging anti-Semitism in Austria. Readers will enjoy Bernstein's believable characters and her careful attention to atmosphere and historical detail. Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --
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All the conventions of the family saga are present in The Russian Bride . Salka, young and Jewish, is sent from Russia by her self-sacrificing parents to save her from plague and pogrom. Life as a poor relation in a wealthy Hamburg family galls her, as does the rigidly defined role of women. A chance encounter leads to marriage with a wealthy Viennese banker, but the marriage is fatally flawed. Her husband, a confirmed philanderer, only loves Salka when he thinks she doesn't love him. Salka's relief is provided by her father-in-law, who notices her business acumen and brings her into the family business. Though written to a formula, Salka makes a credible, sympathetic heroine; the background of turn-of-the-century Vienna is intriguing. Fans of Belva Plain's novels can pass a few pleasant hours with this. Recommended. Beth Ann Mills, New Rochelle P.L., N.Y.
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Descrizione libro Ivy Books, 1987. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0804101760