Sejm marks Isaac B. Singer Nobel prize anniversary

The Sejm (lower house) on Wednesday commemorated the 40th anniversary of Polish-born Jewish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer's receipt of the Nobel Prize for literature (1978).

In a special resolution, the Sejm reminded of Singer's enormous contribution to global culture, and stressed that his work was also part of Poland's cultural heritage.

"Isaac Bashevis Singer occupies a special place in Polish history as a writer, who in his work captured images of a traditional Jewish community which no longer exists in Poland today. Born in Leoncin (...), this writer (...) presented the colourful and rich world of the Jews who inhabited eastern Poland for centuries," the resolution read.

Born in 1902 in Leoncin near Warsaw as Icek Hersz Zynger, Singer was the son of a Chassidic Rabbi and a mother who came from a long-standing rabbinic family. After resettling to the US in 1935, he became a prominent figure in the so-called Yiddish literary movement as Isaac Bashevis Singer, a name he partly construed from his mother's first name Bathsheva.

Singer wrote and published only in Yiddish. In 1978 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. His best-known works include "Satan in Goray," "The Magician of Lublin," "The Slave," "Shosha," and "Enemies, a Love Story." He is also highly praised for his short stories, regarded as masterpieces of narrative and introspection.

Isaac Bashevis Singer died on July 24 1991 in Florida aged 87.