The Stories of David Bergelson; Yiddish Short Fiction from Russia

The Stories of David Bergelson; Yiddish Short Fiction from Russia

by Golda Werman, David Bergelson
     
 

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The writings of David Bergelson--virtually unknown to readers in the United States--are now available in this exciting collection.

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The writings of David Bergelson--virtually unknown to readers in the United States--are now available in this exciting collection.

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Library Journal
Innovative Yiddish stylist Bergelson, not widely known to English-language readers, writes of the declining world of small-town Eastern European Jews, capturing the dreariness of the uncommitted life. His characters suffer from despair and depression as a result of the loosening ties of the shtetl (small village) and religion. In "Remnants," for instance, Beyla Henya does not speak. Poor, pockmarked, and ugly, she is trapped in a loveless marriage, yet she does not let the harsh circumstances destroy her. Instead, she extricates herself from her situation and finally is able to marry a respectable man as silent as she. In "Impoverished," the gentle silence of the former story is now oppressive and harsh as two sister act cruelly to their blind father. Werman's subtle translation brings a fine storyteller to light. Recommended for libraries with international and Jewish studies collection.-Molly Abramowitz, Silver Spring, Md.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815604020
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Series:
Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music and Art Series
Pages:
157
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)
Lexile:
990L (what's this?)

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