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Focus

 
 
 
 
Focus
Author: Arthur Miller
ISBN 13: 9780142000427
ISBN 10: 142000426
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2001-09-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
List Price: $16.00
 
 

Written in 1945, Focus was Arthur Miller's first novel and one of the first books to directly confront American anti-Semitism. It remains as chilling and incisive today as it was at the time of its controversial debut. As World War II draws to a close, anti-Semitism is alive and well in Brooklyn, New York. Here, Newman, an American of English decent, floats through a world of multiethnic neighborhoods indifferent to the racism around him. That is, until he begins wearing glasses that render him "Jewish" in the eyes of others, making him the target of anti-Semitic persecution. As he and his wife find friendship and support from a Jewish immigrant, Newman slowly begins to understand the racial hatreds that surround him.

"A strong, sincere book bursting with indignation." (The New York Times Book Review)