Classic Yiddish Stories of S.Y. Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem, and I.L. Peretz

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Syracuse University Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 286 pages
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Two novellas by S. Y. Abramovitsh open this anthology, the first comprehensive overview of works by the three classic Yiddish authors. They describe Jewish life in Eastern Europe during the nineteenth century and introduce the reader to Abramovitsh's alter ago, Mendele the Book Peddler. Here he presents a diverse cast of characters including Isaac Abraham as tailor's apprentice, choirboy, and corrupt businessman, and Fishke traveling through the Ukraine with a caravan of beggars. Sholem Aleichem reintroduces us to Tevye the Dairyman's beloved daughters Hodel and Chava, known to everyone familiar with the musical or film fiddler on the Roof. Tevye is a gregarious storyteller who describes the pleasures of raising independent-minded daughters. We catch glimpses of inspirational rebbes and awe-inspiring rabbis. These translations breathe new life into the unforgettable worlds of Yiddish literature.
 

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Frieden (classic Yiddish fiction, Syracuse Univ.) showcases to superb effect the short fiction of Yiddish writing's three early masters. This anthology conveys the complex culture, difficult ... Read full review

Contents

The Little Man 186465
3
Fishke the Lame 1869
32
Hodel 1904
57
Chava 1906
74
Holiday Dainties 1904
89
Advice 1904
95
Joseph 1905
108
A Business with a Greenhorn 1916
130
Teachings of the Hasidim 1894 Hebrew1902 Yiddish
152
The Rebbes Pipe 1895
158
If Not Higher 1900
163
Between Two Mountains 1900
167
A Celebration of Yiddish Literature 1884
181
Memories of Sholem Aleichem 1926
207
Around Peretz 1935
241
Glossary
275

The Shtrayml 1894
137
Kabbalists 1891 Hebrew1894 Yiddish
147

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Ken Frieden is B. G. Rudolph Professor of Judaic Studies and director of the Judaic Studies Program at Syracuse University.

Ted Gorelick is best known as the translator of the Abramovitsh in the volume Tales of Mendele the Book Peddler.

Novelist, lecturer, and translator Michael Wex is one of the leading lights in the revival of Yiddish, and author of the New York Times bestseller Born to Kvetch and its follow-up, Just Say Nu.

Sholom Aleichem (Hebrew greeting meaning "Peace be unto you!") was born near Pereyaslav, Ukraine, and settled in the United States two years before his death. The most popular and beloved of all Yiddish writers, he wrote with humor and tenderness about the Yiddish-speaking Jews of Eastern Europe and won the title "the Jewish Mark Twain". One of his creations, Tevye the Dairyman, has become world famous, thanks to the highly successful Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, which is based on Sholom Aleichem's Tevye stories. Although he also wrote plays and novels, it is for his short stories and his humorous monologues that Sholom Aleichem is best remembered.

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