The I. L. Peretz Reader

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Open Road Media, Oct 15, 2013 - Literary Collections - 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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IL Peretz (1852-1915) was a well-known and acclaimed figure in the emergence of Yiddish literature. Born in Poland, he dedicated his writings to Yiddish culture, and was a prolific author of poems ... Read full review

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I read this it seems in late December after my first or second semester after the Summer in the Winter of the year. It's borrowed-I don't own it. It was a gift to my grandma I wanted, needed to read ... Read full review

Contents

Impressions of a Journey
A Contribution for a Wedding
Yom Kippur in Hell
Afterword by Hillel Halkin Notes
Glossary
Copyright

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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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