Prophets and Dreamers: A Selection of Great Yiddish Literature

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Featuring the English-language debut of Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer’s “Growing Old” (originally published in Poland anonymously), the authors included in this volume range from shtetl-dwelling naifs to political activists to poets of heart-stopping genius.

The collection begins with the great awakening of Yiddish literature in the second half of the nineteenth century. An introduction to the book and thumbnail biographies of the contributors help guide the readers who ...

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Featuring the English-language debut of Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer’s “Growing Old” (originally published in Poland anonymously), the authors included in this volume range from shtetl-dwelling naifs to political activists to poets of heart-stopping genius.

The collection begins with the great awakening of Yiddish literature in the second half of the nineteenth century. An introduction to the book and thumbnail biographies of the contributors help guide the readers who are discovering these writers for the first time. There are selections from Di Klasikers — the three classic figures who revitalized the language, invented new genres, and made its literature a driving force in the life of a tightly bound community. Mendele Mocher Sforim is known as the grandfather, I. L. Peretz the father, and Sholom Aleichem the son. Contemporary audiences will know of Aleichem as the author of the tales that inspired Fiddler on the Roof. Next come selections from Sholom An-ski, best known to American audiences as author of the haunting play the “Dybbuk.” Weinstein introduces a trio of Yiddish poets — sweatshop poet Morris Rosenfeld, modernist Yankev Glatshteyn, and the Partisan Poet, Abraham Sutzkever — and concludes with a selection of Yiddish folk songs.

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Though small, this collection of stories and verse contains the essence of Yiddish literature. Edited and introduced with a sure hand by Weinstein (Yiddish: A Nation of Words), the selections range from Yitzhak Leib Peretz's "Three Gifts," which shows extraordinary insight into the Jewish soul, to Shimon An-ski's wonderful "Mendle Turk" and Isaac Bashevis Singer's "The Bus," a tour de force of love, lust, and mystic adventure in the guise of the mundane. Ghetto poet Morris Rosenfeld, modernist Yankev Glatshteyn, and World War II partisan Abraham Sutzkever represent Yiddish poetry, and a group of Yiddish folk songs is included as well. The collection ends with Hirsh Gilke's "We Are Here"-known also as the "Song of the Partisans," a fitting end to this excellent volume. Highly recommended for Jewish studies and literature collections.-Gene Shaw, NYPL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586420475
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

MIRIAM WEINSTEIN is the author of Yiddish: A Nation of Words (Steerforth 2001, Ballantine 2002). A freelance journalist whose features have won several awards from the New England Press Association, Weinstein grew up in the Bronx following World War II, a time and place where Yiddish was standard fare. She now lives in Manchester, Massachusetts with her husband, and has two grown children.
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Featuring the English-language debut of Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer’s “Growing Old” (originally published in Poland anonymously), the authors included in this volume range from shtetl-dwelling naifs to political activists to poets of heart-stopping genius.

The collection begins with the great awakening of Yiddish literature in the second half of the nineteenth century. An introduction to the book and thumbnail biographies of the contributors help guide the readers who are discovering these writers for the first time. There are selections from Di Klasikers — the three classic figures who revitalized the language, invented new genres, and made its literature a driving force in the life of a tightly bound community. Mendele Mocher Sforim is known as the grandfather, I. L. Peretz the father, and Sholom Aleichem the son. Contemporary audiences will know of Aleichem as the author of the tales that inspired Fiddler on the Roof. Next come selections from Sholom An-ski, best known to American audiences as author of the haunting play the “Dybbuk.” Weinstein introduces a trio of Yiddish poets — sweatshop poet Morris Rosenfeld, modernist Yankev Glatshteyn, and the Partisan Poet, Abraham Sutzkever — and concludes with a selection of Yiddish folk songs.
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Table of Contents

Fishke the Lame 17
And maybe even higher 43
Bontshe Shvayg 47
Three gifts 55
The miracle on the sea 65
A Yom Kippur scandal 77
Eternal life 83
Mendl Turk 106
Isaac Bashevis Singer 135
Growing old 138
The bus 144
Bread and tea 174
To my beloved 175
Autumn leaves 176
Seventeen moons 180
From Nakhman of Bratslav to his scribe 181
Like a mouse trap 186
My tent 187
War 192
Untitled, from Poems from my diary 1974-1985 193
Deer at the Red Sea 194
To my wife, Narocz Forest, September 30, 1944 195
I am lying in this coffin. Vilna, August 30, 1941 197
On the death of Yanova Bartoszewicz who rescued me 198
Folk songs 199
Potatoes 202
Rose, rose 203
Now it's time for singing 204
Don't want a husband yet 205
@A toast to life 206
On the hill 207
Tumbalalaika 208
We are here 209
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