Peter S. Beagle. Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel. (Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 3).

Originally in : Strange Roads.

A young Jewish boy observes the impact a visiting angel has on his artist Uncle Chaim. The angel has been sent as a muse, and the relationship between the artist and the angel is an intriguing one. Matters come to a head, however, when a family friend, a rabbi, visits the studio and realises that a dark dybbuk is lurking within the angel. In offering the dybbuk an opportunity to leave the angel, the young boy enables that dark spirit to transcend to heaven – something of which, and about hell, that is revealed in the story.

It’s a beautifully written story.

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