Written with rage and passion about her own journey to creative self-fulfilment against the odds, the novel begins in the hermetic, traditional world of Polish Jewry before the first World War. Deborah is the daughter of an unworldly rabbi. Talented and ambitious but condemned to household chores, Deborah frets that she is not allowed to receive the same education and opportunities as her brothers. She fails in love with a communist but then an arranged marriage is proposed...This is a classic that scholars and fans of the Singers continually refer to for its authentic account of life in the Singer household and the struggle of Esther Kreitman to be free. Deborah was first published in Warsaw in Yiddish in 1936 and later translated by her son Maurice Carr into English in 1946 and published by W.G Foyle. It was republished by Virago in 1983 when her work was still unknown.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BeyondEdenRock - LibraryThing
When I picked this book up I knew nothing of the title or the author; I took it on trust, to add to my collection, because it was a green Virago Modern Classic. “All the world has heard of the great ... Read full review
Deborah (The Feminist Press at the City University of New York Series)User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Kreitman, sister of notable Yiddish scribes I.B. Singer and I.J. Singer, was also an established writer but was not well known. Originally published in Yiddish in 1936, her autobiographical novel ... Read full review