Radiant days, haunted nights: great tales from the treasury of Yiddish folk literature

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Overlook Duckworth, Nov 17, 2005 - Fiction - 429 pages
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A unique and rich anthology of Yiddish folk tales that have never before been available in English, compiled and translated by the award-winning Joachim Neugroschel, Radiant Days, Haunted Nights reveals the enormous breadth and depth of Yiddish folk literature from its roots to its full blossoming in the modern era. Standing at the intersection of the oral folk tale and the European tradition of printed fiction, the Yiddish folk literature collected in this volume provides a fascinating glimpse into four centuries of Jewish cultural life. The collection includes not only original tales, but Yiddish retellings of biblical stories, and unexpected examples of cultural, osmosis such as a Yiddish version of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight. Pious, funny, somber, fantastic, and stark, the work compiled in Radiant Days, Haunted Nights paints a beautiful portrait of the cherished continuity-and remarkable diversity-of Jewish culture expressed through Yiddish folk literature.

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Translator Neugroschel, who has rendered the works of such eminent writers as Franz Kafka, Georges Bataille, and recent Nobel prize winner Elfriede Jelinek, arranges this anthology of Yiddish folk ... Read full review


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Neugroschel has won three PEN translation prizes, the French-American Foundation Translation Prize, and has translated more than 170 books. He has been awarded grants from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation.

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