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The Hidden Isaac Bashevis Singer
     

The Hidden Isaac Bashevis Singer

by Seth Wolitz
 

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Nobel Prize–winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer stands virtually alone among prominent writers for being more widely known through translations of his work than through the original texts. Yet readers and critics of the Yiddish originals have long pointed out that the English versions are generally shortened, often shorn of much description and religious matter

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Nobel Prize–winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer stands virtually alone among prominent writers for being more widely known through translations of his work than through the original texts. Yet readers and critics of the Yiddish originals have long pointed out that the English versions are generally shortened, often shorn of much description and religious matter, and their perspectives and denouements are significantly altered. In short, they turn the Yiddish author into a Jewish-American English writer, detached from of his Eastern European Jewish literary and cultural roots. By contrast, this collection of essays by leading Yiddish scholars seeks to recover the authentic voice and vision of the writer known to his Yiddish readers as Yitskhok Bashevis. The essays are grouped around four themes:• The Yiddish language and the Yiddish cultural experience in Bashevis’s writings• Thematic approaches to the study of Bashevis’s literature• Bashevis’s interface with other times and cultures• Interpretations of Bashevis’s autobiographical writingsA special feature of this volume is the inclusion of Joseph Sherman’s new, faithful translation of a chapter from Bashevis’s Yiddish "underworld" novel Yarme and Keyle.

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Library Journal
The motive of this collection is admirable: finding and exploring the connections between modern Jewish spirituality and the writings of Nobel prize winner Singer. A master storyteller, the deft and fascinating Singer has always been burdened by literal-minded critics and expositors who fail to see his dark comedy. So it is here with Wolitz (comparative literature, Univ. of Texas, Austin). Still, it is good to be stimulated to think again about Singer's work. For collections where there is a strong Jewish readership. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292757905
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
12/06/2013
Series:
Literary Modernism Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
4 MB

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