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


The Little Man 186465
Fishke the Lame 1869
Hodel 1904
Chava 1906
Holiday Dainties 1904
Advice 1904
Joseph 1905
A Business with a Greenhorn 1916
Teachings of the Hasidim 1894 Hebrew1902 Yiddish
The Rebbes Pipe 1895
If Not Higher 1900
Between Two Mountains 1900
A Celebration of Yiddish Literature 1884
Memories of Sholem Aleichem 1926
Around Peretz 1935

The Shtrayml 1894
Kabbalists 1891 Hebrew1894 Yiddish

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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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