This compelling and moving collection begins with the nineteenth-century founding fathers of Yiddish literature---Mendele Mocher Sforim, Sholom Aleichem, and I.L. Peretz---and moves forward in time to include the works of Sholem Asch, I.J. Singer, Abraham Reisen, and I.B. Singer.
Many of the pieces deal with shtetl life in Eastern Europe, but others concern themselves with the Holocaust, rebellion against orthodoxy, or Jewish immigration. Anonymous folk tales full of allegory and surrealism illuminate the origins of this material.
With an eloquent introduction by the editors and beautifully rendered translations by such writers as Saul Bellow and Alfred Kazin, this collection is a tribute to a thriving---and often neglected---literary heritage.
Yiddish in Translation
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