Barak Bassman

Biography

Barak A. Bassman received a B.A. in Classics from Grinnell College and a law degree from the New York University School of Law. He practices law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife and two children. He is the author of Elegy of the Minotaur and Repentance: A Tale of Demons in Old Jewish Poland.

Books

The Last Confession of Joseph della Reina
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,360. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Jewish
The Last Confession of Joseph della Reina is the story of a medieval Jewish man’s quest to find the Messiah and to rouse him off the sidelines of history to commence the redemption of humanity from suffering and sin. Yet when, with the aid of supernatural beings of unclear motives, he finally finds the Messiah, he learns that there will be an awful sacrifice to make to bring history to an end.
The Leper Princess and The Court Jew
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,830. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
The Hasidic Rebbe believed he was ready to perform a great miracle and to save a wayward, wandering soul. But that was before Zalman rebuffed the holy tzaddik's aid and spun a tale of terrible sinning that had occurred centuries before in medieval Germany, which he believed put him beyond hope of redemption.
The Twilight of the Magical Siren: A Tale of Late Antiquity
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 28,090. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
The Twilight of the Magical Siren tells the tragic tale of the death of the old pagan gods as the Roman Empire abandoned their worship in favor of Christianity. Judah, an adrift young Jew wasting away as a nighttime lighthouse keeper, meets one evening a haunting siren with a melancholy song, bereft now of human devotees. But her enchanted delights will require Judah to pay a terrible price.
King Solomon and Ashmedai: A Wisdom Tale
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,980. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Jewish
Drawing on the extensive medieval Jewish folklore surrounding the famed Biblical king of Israel, King Solomon and Ashmedai: A Wisdom Tale traces the fall of King Solomon as the demon king Ashmedai slowly tempts him away from the path of righteousness into tyranny and the spread of idolatry. But in the end Solomon, wiser and chastened, reclaims his throne and achieves true wisdom.
Repentance: A Tale of Demons in Old Jewish Poland
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,090. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Jewish, Fiction » Fairy tales
Repentance is the tale of Dovid, an impoverished orphan in 17th century Poland who ekes out a living reciting psalms for the sick and dead. One day a mysterious stranger enters his life and transforms Dovid into a wealthy merchant with a son who is a Talmudic prodigy. But there is a price for Dovid’s good fortune, and the stranger may not be as kind as he seems.
Elegy of the Minotaur
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,250. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
A reimagining of the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, Elegy of the Minotaur tells the story of the Minotaur, a half-human and half-bull monster. He is the son of Queen Pasiphae of Crete, a shy, bookish loner, who falls fatally in love with an icy aristocratic beauty. He futilely tries to use magic and divine intervention to change himself from a monster into a man.

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