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Title:
Prophets & dreamers : a selection of great Yiddish literature
Author:
Weinstein, Miriam.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
South Royalton, Vt. : Steerforth Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
214 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781586420475
Format :
Book

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Fewer than one percent of all books written and published in Yiddish have been translated into English. Those that have give us a window into a culture that celebrates the full range of the human condition. This collection of stories, poems and folk songs offers work by Mendel Mykher-Sforim, Yitzhak Leib Peretz and Sholom Aleichem, the three figures who revitalised the language and its literature, as well as works by Shimon An-ski, I.B. Singer and others.


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Library Journal Review

Though small, this collection of stories and verse contains the essence of Yiddish literature. Edited and introduced with a sure hand by Weinstein (Yiddish: A Nation of Words), the selections range from Yitzhak Leib Peretz's "Three Gifts," which shows extraordinary insight into the Jewish soul, to Shimon An-ski's wonderful "Mendle Turk" and Isaac Bashevis Singer's "The Bus," a tour de force of love, lust, and mystic adventure in the guise of the mundane. Ghetto poet Morris Rosenfeld, modernist Yankev Glatshteyn, and World War II partisan Abraham Sutzkever represent Yiddish poetry, and a group of Yiddish folk songs is included as well. The collection ends with Hirsh Gilke's "We Are Here"-known also as the "Song of the Partisans," a fitting end to this excellent volume. Highly recommended for Jewish studies and literature collections.-Gene Shaw, NYPL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.