The Dybbuk

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In The Dybbuk, a drama of mystical passion and demonic possession, S. Ansky (1863 1920) brings together the saga of his own youthful rebellion against religious authority, his abiding faith in the power of the simple folk, his utopian struggle for equality, and his newfound commitment to the Jewish people. Ansky had just returned from an epoch-making ethnographic expedition through the Yiddish heartland of Eastern Europe, and what he found in the towns and townlets of the Ukraine was a religious civilization that...
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Overview

In The Dybbuk, a drama of mystical passion and demonic possession, S. Ansky (1863 1920) brings together the saga of his own youthful rebellion against religious authority, his abiding faith in the power of the simple folk, his utopian struggle for equality, and his newfound commitment to the Jewish people. Ansky had just returned from an epoch-making ethnographic expedition through the Yiddish heartland of Eastern Europe, and what he found in the towns and townlets of the Ukraine was a religious civilization that mediated the living and the dead, the strong and the weak, the natural and the supernatural.

In his introduction to this volume, David G. Roskies reveals that Ansky's return to Mother Russia was accompanied by a profound renegotiation with his Hasidic heritage, the Yiddish language, and the Jewish historical imagination. The book also includes little-known works of autobiographical and fantastical prose fiction, as well as an excerpt from The Destruction of Galacia, Ansky's four-volume chronicle of the Eastern Front in the First World War.

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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780895269041
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/1979
  • Edition description: 3RD, REVISED
  • Edition number: 1

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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