The New Country: Stories from the Yiddish about Life in America / Edition 1

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An Abridged Version of the collection originally published in 1961, the forty-two stories here are written by some of the most brilliant and poignant Jewish writers of the twentieth century, including Sholem Aleichem, Abraham Raisin, and Joseph Opatoshu. They paint a sometimes hilarious, sometimes somber, but always moving image of the experiences of the "greenhorns" who came to America. These are not stories written by outsiders empathizing with the hardships of life in another country but rather by the newcomers themselves who encountered the harsh realities and withered expectations.
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Editorial Reviews

This is an abridged edition of the collection originally published in 1961, with a brief new foreword by Elie Wiesel. Forty-two stories represent the brilliant and poignant work of Sholem Aleichem, Abraham Raisin, and Joseph Opatoshu, among others. Translator/editor Goodman was a regular contributor to and for over 20 years. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815606697
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music and Art Ser.
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 243
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

The Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture
Preface to the Original Edition
Pt. 1 Getting Settled
The Tenement House (By Way of a Backdrop)
Alone in a Strange World
On the streets of New York
A Wall
His Trip to America
We Strike
The Greenhorns
Pt. 2 Making a Living
Chaim Becomes a Real-Estatenik
Chaim and Chaye
We Work in a Shop
Point of a Needle
Chaim Thanks God for Deliverance
The Quiet Jubilee
Reb Yankele Pickpocket
Pt. 3 And What of the Children?
A Sign of Summer
The American Europeans
House on Goerick Street
The Father (A Monologue)
Madame Marquis
Simcha and Sammy
Pt. 4 There's Laughter, Too
Why the Taracans Are My Enemies
Chaim Does His Duty as a Citizen
First Row Balcony
I - as Echo
Moishe "Liar"
A Eulogist
Chaim Buys a Piano for His Daughter
Pt. 5 Not Lost in the Crowd
Story about a Greenhorn
She Reads the World
Moishe the Poet
His Brother's Check
The Dog
Pt. 6 Not All Greenhorns Are Jewish!
Quiet Words
Everything under Control
In a Drugstore
A Heart Divided
My Indian Mother
The Authors
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