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The I. L. Peretz Reader
     

The I. L. Peretz Reader

by I. L. Peretz, Ruth R. Wisse (Editor)
 

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As a critic of religious extremism and a leading voice for Jewish secular humanism, I.L. Peretz was the favorite author of immigrant Jews in America in the early years of this century. This broad selection of his short stories, including the classic "If Not Higher, " brings his passion and vision powerfully to life.

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As a critic of religious extremism and a leading voice for Jewish secular humanism, I.L. Peretz was the favorite author of immigrant Jews in America in the early years of this century. This broad selection of his short stories, including the classic "If Not Higher, " brings his passion and vision powerfully to life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This second volume in the Library of Yiddish Classics series includes 26 familiar stories by the master storyteller and social critic (1852-1915); most of them benefit from new translations. Peretz was a giant of Yiddish literature who advocated a radical shift from religious observance (especially the mysticism of Hasidism) to the rationalism of scientific progress and secular Jewish culture. But he could not escape his roots entirely; in his writings as in his life, he shows affection for his co-religionists. In ``If Not Higher,'' a skeptic comes to believe that a humble Hasidic rebbe is worthy of sainthood. In ``Venus and Shulamith'' Peretz extols the virtuous maiden of the Song of Songs over the licentious Venus of Greek mythology, demonstrating his mastery of both biblical texts and classical literature. Two major entries--``My Memoirs'' and the vignettes titled ``Impressions of a Journey''--are here in their first unabridged English translation. The former is a vivid portrait of growing up orthodox in mid-19th century Poland. Each vignette in ``Journey'' is a story in itself: Peretz depicts grinding poverty side by side with belief in miracles, and demonstrates a stoic acceptance of life's realities. His works stand in brilliantly evocative tribute to a bygone era. (Nov.)
Library Journal
This, the second volume in the ``Library of Yiddish Classics'' series, presents selections from the writing of Peretz (1852-1915), who was perhaps the greatest and most influential writer in modern Yiddish literature. Included are many of his best short stories like ``Bontsche the Silent,'' his famous poem ``Monish,'' some travel sketches, and his memoirs. The translations are quite good, and professor/critic Wisse's penetrating introduction is a gem. Highly recommended for all literature collections.-- Robert A. Silver, Shaker Heights P.L., Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805210712
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
267
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.87(d)

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"If you wish to discover the beauty, the depth, and the unique wonder of Yiddish literature, read this volume by its master."

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