Tales of Mendele the Book Peddler: Fishke the Lame and Benjamin the Third
This volume - the fourth in Schocken's acclaimed Library of Yiddish Classics - brings together two of Abramovitsh's best-loved novellas: "Fishke the Lame," a bittersweet love story set in the world of beggars, paupers, and rogues, and "The Brief Travels of Benjamin the Third," the comical misadventures of a Quixote-Panza pair who set off to see the world outside their town. These tales, in superb new translations by Ted Gorelick and Hillel Halkin, represent Yiddish storytelling at its best - full of heart, humor, and homespun wisdom.
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Book of Jewish Poorfolk
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