Pages from a Charred Notebook: The Fabulous Tales of Tsvi Eisenman

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KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 2001 - Literary Criticism - 260 pages
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This book is an entrancing collection of charming, fabulous tales written in a masterly, unique style. Some of the tales are on Jewish themes: Israel, the Holocaust, and the author's eventful and troubled life as a wartime refugee from Poland and an immigrant to Israel; others are drawn from his fertile imaginings about kings and queens, monsters, and strange mystical visions of existence. In 1996, the work was awarded the Rosenfeld Prize for Yiddish Literature. The citation reads in part: "His is a unique voice in Yiddish literature. He says a lot in very few words and speaks loudly with a quiet voice. He looks at both life and death with the wide-open eyes of a child. His language is rhythmical and his stories read like ballads. They seem, at first, like naive children's stories but they contain great wisdom and even greater sadness." Eisenman's truly wonderful Yiddish original has been given a superb, idiomatic translation by Barnett Zumoff, who has also published translations of works by Sholem Aleichem, Jacob Glatstein, Abraham Sutzkever, Rajzel Zychlinsky, and Chaim Lieberman.
 

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Contents

My Mother Wont Cry Anymore
3
No Missus Dont Go Away
15
Uncle Robert And Aunt Rosalie
26
The Man
36
The Sacrifice
48
In Such A Long Night With The Paintings
58
A Story That Has No Name
65
The Artificial Hand Or Hens Claw
71
Lyrics Pleaded With Melody
181
Georges Sand
187
Flamenco
194
The Tree Near My Veranda
203
The King And The Chamberlain
215
It Came To Pass That The Queen
229
In The Saxon Garden
235
The Place Where They Murdered My Father
241

Two Scarecrows
77
Dreamed A Dream
85
Sparks From A Bonfire
99
In Her Arms
136
On Marszalkowska Street In A Tourist Shop
247
Christ With The Cross On His Shoulder
253
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