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Index: La muerte y la brújula, Artificios, Ficciones, OC,Obras completas. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 1974. 499.

city in Russia near Moscow

Fishburn and Hughes: A region of south-east Poland which passed to Russia in 1793. A heavy concentration of Jews lived in Podolsk, which became the centre of many important events in Jewish history. During the sixteenth century a spread of Cabbalistic teachings prepared the ground for the rise of the false Messianic movement of Shabbethai Zvi. In the eighteenth century Podolsk was a stronghold of Hasidism,. Owing to centuries of poverty and persecution, it became a breeding ground for superstition and religious intolerance, which are said to have been more rife in Podolsk than in any other place within the Jewish Pale of Settlement. Death and the Compass