Bociany

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Syracuse University Press, 2000 - Fiction - 430 pages
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Rosenfarb follows the destinies of characters from several walks of life in the shtetl. Her primary characters are the scribe's widow Hindele, her son Yacov, the chalk vendor Yossele Abedale, and his daughter Binele. Jewish relations with neighboring Catholics are generally civil, if complicated. Despite living next door to a convent, Hindele finds the nuns' behavior implacably alien.
Her characters and portrait of the preurban, pre-Holocaust world ring true. Yet even in isolated Bociany, new ideas - socialism, Zionism, Polish nationalism, secularism - began to challenge the shtetl's traditional agrarian and mercantile economy.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
65
Section 3
85
Section 4
86
Section 5
108
Section 6
125
Section 7
134
Section 8
143
Section 14
241
Section 15
262
Section 16
276
Section 17
283
Section 18
285
Section 19
311
Section 20
315
Section 21
333

Section 9
144
Section 10
165
Section 11
205
Section 12
207
Section 13
211
Section 22
349
Section 23
377
Section 24
429
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Chava Rosenfarb was born in the industrial city of Lodz, Poland. She began writing at the age of eight, with the encouragement of her father. One of the most prominent Yiddish writers living today, Chava has received numerous prizes for her work, including the 1988 and 1993 Prize of the Congress for Jewish Culture (New York), the Sholem Aleichem Prize (Tel-Aviv), the 1985 Atran Prize (New York) and the 1972 Niger Prize (Buenos Aires). Her novel, Der Boym fun lieb (The Tree of Life) won the 1979 Itsik Manger Prize, the world

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