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Enemies, a Love Story ( ) is a novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer first published serial in the Jewish Daily Forward in 1966. The English translation was published in 1972.

Plot summary

Set in New York Citymarker in 1949, the novel follows Holocaust survivor Herman Broder. Throughout the war he survived in a hayloft, taken care of by his non-Jewish, Polishmarker servant, Yadwiga, whom he later takes as his wife in Americamarker. Meanwhile, he has an affair with another Holocaust survivor, Masha. To Yadwiga, he poses as a traveling book-salesman despite the fact he is simply a ghost writer for a corrupt rabbi. He wanders about New York with a constant paranoia and perpetual desperation, made more complicated when his first wife from Poland, Tamara, who was thought to be killed in the Holocaust, comes to New York.

Film adaptation

A film of the same title, based on the book and directed by Paul Mazursky, was released in 1989.

The Manhattan apartment building with a curved, ivory facade in the movie is The Paterno, at the intersection of Riverside Drive and 116th Street.

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