While reading the works of Isaac Bashevis Singer over the past couple months, I've gotten the impression that Singer will often - especially in short stories - leave you with a sense that not everything has been resolved, and that crucial developments within the story never received closure.

For instance, the ending of "Pigeons" leaves you with a sense of something missing; there's no closure with the killers of the professor.

In "The Cafeteria", a major part of the story, Hitler being spotted in a restaurant, is never explained or resolved.

In "The Mentor", the story ends with a statement of despair and nothing is resolved.

Aside from these examples, somebody I spoke to mentioned that a lack of closure in Singer stories had come up while studying literature at Bar-Ilan, although they don't recall enough to comment on it.

Is a lack of closure a consistent theme throughout Singer's works? What could be behind this, if so?

  • This sounds like a very open-ended question.
    – Mary
    Commented Mar 9, 2022 at 0:14
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    I don't quite agree @Mary: it seems to me specific evidence could be marshalled from the text and supporting literature to answer this in a specific way.
    – Adam Burke
    Commented Mar 9, 2022 at 8:18


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