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The I. L. Peretz Reader
     

The I. L. Peretz Reader

by I. L. Peretz, Ruth Wisse
 

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ISBN-10: 0300092458

ISBN-13: 9780300092455

Pub. Date: 07/28/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

Isaac Leybush Peretz (1852–1915) is one of the most influential figures of modern Jewish culture. Born in Poland and dedicated to Yiddish culture, he recognized that Jews needed to adapt to their times while preserving their cultural heritage, and his captivating and beautiful writings explore the complexities inherent in the struggle between tradition and the

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Isaac Leybush Peretz (1852–1915) is one of the most influential figures of modern Jewish culture. Born in Poland and dedicated to Yiddish culture, he recognized that Jews needed to adapt to their times while preserving their cultural heritage, and his captivating and beautiful writings explore the complexities inherent in the struggle between tradition and the desire for progress. This book, which presents a memoir, poem, travelogue, and twenty-six stories by Peretz, also provides a detailed essay about Peretz’s life by Ruth R. Wisse. This edition of the book includes as well Peretz’s great visionary drama A Night in the Old Marketplace, in a rhymed, performable translation by Hillel Halkin.

“If you want to discover the beauty, the depth, the unique wonder of Yiddish literature—read this volume by its Master.”—Elie Wiesel

“For any American reader, this will be a handy and skillfully edited selection of the most representative writings of one of the masters of world literature. For any Jewish American reader, it will also be a monument in commemoration of . . . a writer who . . . laid the foundations for the modern Yiddish literary tradition.”—Stanislaw Baranczak, The New Republic

“The tales, which occupy most of the book, vary widely. Some have the form and tone of simple folk tales. Others suggest a Hasidic-like mysticism, sometimes approaching the surreal. The best, I think combine both a sympathy for the values of the shtetl and a note of irony.”—Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times Book Review

“[Peretz’s] works stand in brilliantly evocative tribute to a bygone era.”—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300092455
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Series:
New Yiddish Library Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
461
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introductionxiii
Monish
Impressions of a Journey Through the Tomaszow Region17
Short Stories
Venus and Shulamith88
What Is the Soul?93
In the Mail Coach104
Bryna's Mendl118
A Musician's Death125
The Pious Cat128
The Golem130
The Shabbes Goy131
The Poor Boy138
Bontshe Shvays146
Kabbalists152
A Contribution for a Wedding156
The Dead Town162
Uncle Shakhne and Aunt Yakhne171
If Not Higher178
A Conversation181
Between Two Mountains184
The Missing Melody196
Stories200
Revelation, or, The Story of the Billy Goat212
The Magician218
Three Gifts222
Downcast Eyes230
A Chapter of the Psalms242
A Pinch of Snuff251
Yom Kippur in Hell258
My Memoirs263
A Night in the Old Marketplace361
Afterword433
Notes441
Glossary457

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