A House With Seven Windows: Short Stories (Google eBook)

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Syracuse University Press, 2006 - Fiction - 315 pages
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A House with Seven Windows by Kadya Molodowsky is the famed Yiddish poet's only collection of short stories. Written in simple prose, these stories are subtle portraits--tragic-comic, bittersweet, always generous spirited--or ordinary people: Jews in pre-World War II Eastern Europe and Jews struggling to adjust to life in America. A traditional-minded husband is defeated by his wife who wants only the latest fashion. A community leader's position is supported and maintained by his more energetic and political-minded wife. A couple, ardent supporters of the newly formed state of Israel, nevertheless find themselves at odds with their son who intends to lie there. An American Jew who almost single-handedly supports his shtetl in Europe returns to find that it has been obliterated by the Nazis. A couple, newly arrived from the DP camps in Europe, struggles to set sail on the wide seas of America and succeeds, but at a price. While many of the stories are set in Europe and are, in fact, memoirs of Jewish shtetl life, others depict the classic dilemmas of immigrants wrestling with their own identity--stories about adapting to a new culture yet attempting to maintain traditional customs, stories about the inability of one generation to understand the other. Molodowsky's lucid style and keen observation of the absurd and the sublime offer readers beautifully crafted stories filled with richly drawn character portraits.
  

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Contents

The Queen ii
13
A Fur Coat
29
The Meeting
46
Gone
65
Charter Members87
87
In a Living Room
99
i 6
116
Off the Track
136
The Divorce
224
Unhappy Celebrations
237
IN A BROWNSVILLE KRETCHMA
242
Avrom Leyb the Shoemaker
263
Alter teles and His Daughters
269
80
280
The Rafalovitches
287
An OldCountry Erev Pesakh
297

Home for Passover
160
The Shared Sukkah i 76
176
The Rashkovitcher Wedding
192
In a Jewish Home
206
Zorekh the Communitys
306
Glossary
313
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About the author (2006)

Kadya Molodowsky was born in Bereza Kartuska, a town in Belarus. She was active in the Yiddish social and literary movements in Kiev and Warsaw in the 1920s. Her books of poetry include Paper Bridges: Selected Poems of Kadya Molodowsky.

Leah Schoolnik has translated other prose works by Kadya Molodowsky and short stories by Yossl Birstein, Avrom Dubleman, Pincas Berniker, and Osher Schuchinsky.

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