A Captive of the Dawn: The Life and Work of Peretz Markish (1895-1952)

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Peretz Markish (1895-1952), one of Eastern Europe's most important Yiddish poets in the period between the two world wars, was a fiercely independent maverick who published work in all literary genres. Although emerging from the Kiev literary tradition, Markish always went his own way in a literary career spanning four decades and embracing almost all twentieth-century aesthetic movements. After the Revolution, he settled in Poland, but returned to be integrated more closely into Soviet culture than any other ...

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Overview

Peretz Markish (1895-1952), one of Eastern Europe's most important Yiddish poets in the period between the two world wars, was a fiercely independent maverick who published work in all literary genres. Although emerging from the Kiev literary tradition, Markish always went his own way in a literary career spanning four decades and embracing almost all twentieth-century aesthetic movements. After the Revolution, he settled in Poland, but returned to be integrated more closely into Soviet culture than any other Yiddish writer of his generation, receiving the Order of Lenin. It did not save him from Stalin's show-trials of Jewish intellectuals, and he was executed in 1952, but as early as 1955 his writing was being rehabilitated in the Soviet press: a testament to his literary stature. His Yiddish works were widely translated into Russian and Ukrainian, establishing him as a major Russian writer of his times.

This new volume serves both as a companion to the life and works of Peretz Markish and as a source-book for future research. A biography and bibliography are combined with some twenty contributed essays by Peretz scholars, surveying the entire corpus of his work and all periods of his career.

With the contributions:

David Shneer — An Introduction. My Name is Now: Peretz Markish and the Literature of Revolution
Yael Chaver — Jewish Radicalism: Hebrew in Peretz Markish's Early Poetry
Jordan Finkin — The Lighter Side of Babel: Peretz Markish's Urban Poetics
Amelia Glaser — ‘A Shout from Somewhere': The Early Work of Peretz Markish
Karolina Szymaniak — The Language of Dispersion and Confusion: Peretz Markish's Manifestos from the Khalyastre Period
Aleksandra Geller — Peretz Markish and Literarishe Bleter (1924-1926)
Seth L. Wolitz — Markish's Radyo (1922): Yiddish Modernism as Agitprop
Harriet Murav — Peretz Markish in the 1930s: Socialist Construction and the Return of the Luftmentsh
Ber Boris Kotlerman — Markish's play The Ovadis Family and Soviet Jewish Policies, 1936-1941
David Shneer — Rivers of Blood: Peretz Markish, the Holocaust, and Jewish Vengeance
Jeffrey Veidlinger — The Pen and the Sword: The Wartime Plays of Peretz Markish
Gennady Estraikh — Anti-Nazi Rebellion in Peretz Markish's Drama and Prose
Chana Kronfeld — Murdered Modernisms: Peretz Markish and the Legacy of Soviet Yiddish Poetry
Roberta Saltzman — A Bibliography of Peretz Markish
Seth L. Wolitz — Appendix: A Yiddish Modernist Dirge: Di Kupe of Peretz Markish

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906540524
  • Publisher: European Humanities Research Centre, University of Oxford
  • Publication date: 5/4/2011
  • Series: Legenda Studies in Yiddish Series
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Peretz Markish (1895-1952) x

An Introduction. My Name is Now: Peretz Markish and the Literature of Revolution David Shneer 1

1 Jewish Radicalism: Hebrew in Peretz Markish's Early Poetry Yael Chaver 16

2 The Lighter Side of Babel: Peretz Markish's Urban Poetics Jordan Finkin 33

3 'A Shout from Somewhere': The Early Work of Peretz Markish Amelja Glaser 50

4 The Language of Dispersion and Confusion: Peretz Markish's Manifestos from the Khalyastre Period Karolina Szymaniak 66

5 Peretz Markish and Literarishe Bleter (1924-1926) Aleksandra Geller 88

6 Markish's Radyo (1922): Yiddish Modernism as Agitprop Seth L. Wolitz 103

7 Peretz Markish in the 1930s: Socialist Construction and the Return of the Luftmentsh Harriet Murav 114

8 Markish's play The Ovadis Family and Soviet Jewish Policies, 1936-1941 Ber Boris Kotlerman 127

9 Rivers of Blood: Peretz Markish, the Holocaust, and Jewish Vengeance David Shneer 139

10 The Pen and the Sword: The Wartime Plays of Peretz Markish Jeffrey Veidlinger 157

11 Anti-Nazi Rebellion in Peretz Markish's Drama and Prose Gennady Estraikh 172

12 Murdered Modernisms: Peretz Markish and the Legacy of Soviet Yiddish Poetry Chana Kronfeld 186

13 A Bibliography of Peretz Markish Roberta Saltzman 207

Appendix A Yiddish Modernist Dirge: Di Kupe of Peretz Markish Seth L. Wolitz 228

Index 242

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