The Yeshiva, Volume 1

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Bobbs-Merrill, 1977 - Fiction - 394 pages
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Tsemakh Atlas, torn between his commitment to the ascetic life of the yeshiva community and his natural longings, tries to protect his students from the earthy villagers of Valkenik

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User Review  - adavidow - LibraryThing

When IB Singer got the Nobel Prize, Yiddishists were torn. This novel is the primary reason that many, myself included, thought that Chaim Grade deserved it instead. Grade's humanist realism recreates ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ed Rapoport - Goodreads

Good read. Protagonist is a very tormented Musarnik Rabbi who loses his faith, but keeps up pretenses. Very interesting portrait of varieties of Jewish life in pre-war Poland with little portent of what was shortly to come. Read full review

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About the author (1977)

Grade was born in Vilna, Poland, where he received a thorough education in the talmudic academies of the region. He began writing poetry in 1932 and soon won literary recognition. He escaped the Nazi onslaught as a refugee in the Soviet Union, only to return to Poland after the war to find his mother and wife killed and his hometown destroyed. His later work, both poetry and prose, reflect the tragic Holocaust theme and is dedicated to the re-creation of a world that is no more. His characters are deeply rooted in Jewish tradition and the lore of his native land; his poetry is forceful and dramatic, with the pathos of national and personal tragedy.

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