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The Shadows of Berlin: The Berlin Stories of Dovid Bergelson

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Shadows of Berlin is, in part, a bleak chronicle of life in Europe growing ever more hostile at the edge of World War II, part mythic parable. Bergelson’s stories—passionate, honest, dark and often hilarious—hint at the possibility of redemption even as they suggest a horror just around the corner.

Dovid Bergelson (1884–1952) is considered to be one of the best Soviet Yiddish writers of the twentieth century. He was executed in 1952 as part of ...

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Overview

Shadows of Berlin is, in part, a bleak chronicle of life in Europe growing ever more hostile at the edge of World War II, part mythic parable. Bergelson’s stories—passionate, honest, dark and often hilarious—hint at the possibility of redemption even as they suggest a horror just around the corner.

Dovid Bergelson (1884–1952) is considered to be one of the best Soviet Yiddish writers of the twentieth century. He was executed in 1952 as part of Stalin’s purge of Soviet Yiddish culture.

Joachim Neugroschel is the winner of three PEN Translation Awards and the French-American Translation Prize. His translations include works by Franz Kafka, Marcel Proust and Thomas Mann.

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Bergelson's short stories track the lives of Jews living in Berlin in the aftermath of World War I, while the specter of Nazism and the next war begins to rise. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872864443
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Dovid Bergelson, one of the most renowned and influential writers of the 1900s, was born in Ocrimovo, Ukraine, in 1884. In 1952, at the age of 68, after four years of prison, he died a victim of Stalin's police. His work as a writer and literary man spans a period of approximately thirty years.
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Table of Contents

Two murderers 1
Old age 9
Among refugees 21
The boarding house of the three sisters 45
For 12,000 bucks 57
Sisters 65
Blindness 85
One night less 103
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