Op. Non. Cit.
OP. NON. CIT comprises four novellas, each with the theme of the Jew in the non-Jewish world. They move in time through the last four centuries and in space from east to west, and they share Isler's distinctive blend of high comedy and dark tragedy, of grotesquerie, hilarity and sorrow. The title means 'works not cited' and behind each story lies another, one we all know, whether it is THE MERCHANT OF VENICE in the first story (set in a Venice ghetto) or LA BOHEME in the last, set in contemporary Greenwich Village. Brilliantly clever, at once literate and literary, this is Alan Isler's finest book to date.