The I. L. Peretz Reader

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Open Road Media, Oct 15, 2013 - Fiction - 496 pages
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Isaac Leybush Peretz (1852–1915) is one of the most influential figures of modern Jewish culture. Born in Poland and dedicated to Yiddish culture, he recognized that Jews needed to adapt to their times while preserving their cultural heritage, and his captivating and beautiful writings explore the complexities inherent in the struggle between tradition and the desire for progress. This book, which presents a memoir, poem, travelogue, and twenty-six stories by Peretz, also provides a detailed essay about Peretz’s life by Ruth R. Wisse. This edition of the book includes, as well, Peretz’s great visionary drama A Night in the Old Marketplace, in a rhymed, performable translation by Hillel Halkin.
 

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The I. L. Peretz reader

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This, the second volume in the "Library of Yiddish Classics'' series, presents selections from the writing of Peretz (1852-1915), who was perhaps the greatest and most influential writer in modern ... Read full review

Contents

Impressions of a Journey
A Contribution for a Wedding
Yom Kippur in Hell
Afterword by Hillel Halkin Notes
Glossary
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Ruth R. Wisse is professor of Yiddish literature and comparative literature at Harvard University.     

Isaac Leybush Peretz (1852–1915) is one of the most influential figures of modern Jewish culture. Born in Poland and dedicated to Yiddish culture, he recognized that Jews needed to adapt to their times while preserving their cultural heritage, and his captivating and beautiful writings explore the complexities inherent in the struggle between tradition and the desire for progress. This book, which presents a memoir, poem, travelogue, and twenty-six stories by Peretz, also provides a detailed essay about Peretz’s life by Ruth R. Wisse. This edition of the book includes, as well, Peretz’s great visionary drama A Night in the Old Marketplace, in a rhymed, performable translation by Hillel Halkin. 

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