The Dybbuk and Other Writings [NOOK Book]

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This volume presents The Dybbuk, S. Ansky’s well-known drama of mystical passion and demonic possession, along with little-known works of his autobiographical and fantastical prose fiction and an excerpt from his four-volume chronicle of the Eastern Front in the First World War, The Destruction of Galacia.
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Overview


This volume presents The Dybbuk, S. Ansky’s well-known drama of mystical passion and demonic possession, along with little-known works of his autobiographical and fantastical prose fiction and an excerpt from his four-volume chronicle of the Eastern Front in the First World War, The Destruction of Galacia.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An altogether excellent anthology, this volume offers a superior introduction to the brillant, brooding works of a turn-of-the-century master of Yiddish literature. Sept.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480440791
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 470,381
  • File size: 509 KB

Meet the Author


David G. Roskies is series editor of the New Yiddish Library and professor of Yiddish at the Jewish Theological Seminary.     
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Dybbuk, or Between Two Worlds: A Dramatic Legend in Four Acts 1
Stories and Sketches 51
In the Tavern 53
The Sins of Youth 70
Hunger 76
Mendl Turk 93
Behind a Mask 118
Go Talk to a Goy! 145
The Tower in Rome 151
The Destruction of Galicia: Excerpts from a Diary, 1914-17 169
Bibliographical Note 209
Notes 211
Glossary 219
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  • Posted April 10, 2014

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest re

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    All right, so I’m probably one of the few people who hadn’t heard of S. Ansky before reading this collection. Shame on me, I know. Anyway, The Dybbuk is actual a theatre play based on a folklore story S. Ansky gathered info for during his travels. The story is about a young bride who is possessed by a dybbuk – this can best be compared to an evil spirit, or demon. Her name is Leah’le, and she went to the graveyard before her wedding day, where not only she invited her mother’s spirit to attend the marriage, but also the spirits of a young couple who were murdered before their wedding could be consummated. She’s also drawn to one other grave, that of Hannan, a young scholar who as in love with her, and wanted her hand in marriage, but was refused so by her father.

    Leah’le comes back from the graveyard a changed woman. A local sage tries to exorcise the Dybbuk who has possessed her, but fails, and is forced to call in the help of the rabbi. The rabbi decides that Leah’le’s father must appear before the court of rabbis, apparently upon the request of the spirit of Hannan’s father. What follows is a trial half debated in the world of the living, and half in the spirit world.

    It’s certainly an intriguing story, and I wished I could’ve seen the actual play. This sounds right up my alley. I enjoyed reading it here though, but it must’ve been even more intriguing to see it on stage.

    This collection also features other stories by S. Ansky, but the Dybbuk was by far the most notable one. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, mysticism and paranormal stories, then you’ll probably enjoy The Dybbuk and Other Writings.

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