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The Empire Of Kalman The Cripple

Author : Yehudah Elberg
ISBN : 0815604483
Genre : Fiction
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Kalman, a Jew living in Poland just before World War II, is a cunning, ill-tempered man who maliciously seeks revenge on others, but who ultimately claws out a better world for those he loves

Jacob Isaac Segal

Author : Pierre Anctil
ISBN : 9780776625737
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Translated by Vivian Felsen Finalist, 2018 Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGBooks), Translation category Born in the Ukraine in 1896, and settling in Montreal in 1910, Segal became one of the first Yiddish writers in Canada. His poetry, infused with lyricism and mysticism, along with the numerous essays and articles he penned, embodied both a rich literary tradition and the modernism of his day. Pierre Anctil has written so much more than a biography. For the first time, Segal’s poetic production is referenced, translated and rigorously analyzed, and includes over 100 pages of appendices, shedding light on the artistic, spiritual, cultural and historical importance of his oeuvre. By introducing the reader to the poet’s work through previously unpublished translations, Anctil demonstrates that in many respects it reflects the history of the Jewish immigrants who arrived in North America from Russia, the Ukraine and Poland at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as the tragic experiences of Jewish intellectual refugees of the interwar period. This admirably written, sweeping yet subtle, work will appeal both to scholars and to a broader audience. The original French version was awarded the prestigious 2014 Canada Prize in the Humanities by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Shtetl

Author : Jeffrey Shandler
ISBN : 9780813562742
Genre : Social Science
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In Yiddish, shtetl simply means “town.” How does such an unassuming word come to loom so large in modern Jewish culture, with a proliferation of uses and connotations? By examining the meaning of shtetl, Jeffrey Shandler asks how Jewish life in provincial towns in Eastern Europe has become the subject of extensive creativity, memory, and scholarship from the early modern era in European history to the present. In the post-Holocaust era, the shtetl looms large in public culture as the epitome of a bygone traditional Jewish communal life. People now encounter the Jewish history of these towns through an array of cultural practices, including fiction, documentary photography, film, memoirs, art, heritage tourism, and political activism. At the same time, the shtetl attracts growing scholarly interest, as historians, social scientists, literary critics, and others seek to understand both the complex reality of life in provincial towns and the nature of its wide-ranging remembrance. Shtetl: A Vernacular Intellectual History traces the trajectory of writing about these towns—by Jews and non-Jews, residents and visitors, researchers, novelists, memoirists, journalists and others—to demonstrate how the Yiddish word for “town” emerged as a key word in Jewish culture and studies. Shandler proposes that the intellectual history of the shtetl is best approached as an exemplar of engaging Jewish vernacularity, and that the variable nature of this engagement, far from being a drawback, is central to the subject’s enduring interest.

Anna In The Afterlife

Author : Merrill Joan Gerber
ISBN : 0815606990
Genre : Literary Collections
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A scintillating novel about acerbic, ninety-year-old Anna who in death is refreshingly freed from the chains of mortal life. "Once her dying got underway, Anna could not really complain about the way the process moved along." So begins this deftly amusing, wryly perceptive look at the passing of a feisty, funny woman. During the four-day limbo that bridges her death and burial, Anna, who is "infinitely present, never dead, never stupid, and never done with it all, " gets to investigate the preparations for her own funeral, the true nature of her sister's suicide attempt, and the revelations of her own sexual abuse by her half-brother. She contemplates her parents -- her impoverished Polish Jewish mother, her father who was obsessed with his digestive system -- and she longs to remember her beloved husband, who is all but buried by time. She considers the origins of her bigotry and her reluctant capitulation to romantic and physical love. In her final moments of consciousness, Anna has the last word on her own secrets and crimes before stepping into eternity.

Bociany

Author : Chava Rosenfarb
ISBN : 0815605765
Genre : Fiction
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Sholem Aleichem romanticized shtetl life. Isaac Bashevis Singer eroticized it. ln the novel Bociany and its sequel, Of Lodz and Love, Chava Rosenfarb brings a vanished world to vibrant, compelling life. Rosenfarb follows the destinies of characters from the Polish town of Bociany as they grow up, grow old, and leave the shtetl for the city. In Bociany, Rosenfarb offers completely absorbing portrayals of Jews and Christians from several walks of life in the shtetL Her primary characters are the scribe's widow Hindele, her son Yacov, the chalk vendor Yossele Abedale, and his daughter Binele. Jewish relations with neighboring Catholics are generally civil, if complicated. Despite living next door to a convent, Hindele finds the nuns' behavior implacably alien. Rosenfarb establishes an indelible sense of place, evoking its charm and the shtetl residents' ease with the natural world. Her vivid characters and portrait of the preurban, pre-Holocaust world ring true. Yet even in isolated Bociany, new ideas—socialism, Zionism, Polish nationalism, secularism—begin to challenge the shtetl's traditional agrarian and mercantile economy.

A Plague Of Dreamers

Author : Steve Stern
ISBN : 081560453X
Genre : Fiction
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This collection of comic tales centres on The Pinch - a backwater Jewish community in Memphis - whose citizens refer to themselves as The Lost Tribe. Stern's characters are plagued by history, lust, solitude and the extravagance of their imaginations.

Of Lodz And Love

Author : Chava Rosenfarb
ISBN : 0815605773
Genre : Fiction
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In Of Lodz and Love, Chava Rosenfarb revisits her themes of the the shtetl and pre-Holocaust Poland, of economic and political oppression, and of the upheavals that would herald a new Jewish national and political awakening. The story takes Yacov, son of Hindele, and Binele, the daughter of the chalk vendor Yossele Abedale, to the industrial town of Lodz during the first years of Poland's independence, both before and after the country entered the war with the Bolsheviks. The would-be young lovers evolve separately against the backdrop of the city's own struggle for economic survival. In sometimes tragic turns, they make their way in the strange urban culture, rapidly acquiring the skills to survive. Translated from the original Yiddish, this book serves as prologue and as counterpoint to the urbanization of Jewish life in Poland. In its elegance and subtle wit, and overwhelming human dignity, it is not only the testimony of a vanished world, but a powerful love story.

The Jewish War

Author : Tova Reich
ISBN : 0815604521
Genre : Fiction
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Set in the near future within a war-torn Israel, The Jewish War chronicles the rise to power of Jerry Goldberg, a Bronx teen who has devoted his life to hastening the arrival of the Jewish Messiah. Charismatic and ambitious, Jerry changes his name to Yehudi Hagoel and amasses a cadre of followers to help him establish and maintain the God-given boundaries of Palestine. Written with the humor and satire that have won her acclaim, Tova Reich narrates Hagoel's illicit passage to Israel, his coronation as king of secessionist Judea and Samaria, and his ultimate retreat from the Israeli armies.

The Walled City

Author : Esther David
ISBN : 0815607504
Genre : Fiction
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This novel traces the rigid circumscribed lives of three generations of women in an extended Jewish family in the walled Indian city of Ahmedabad.

Contemporary Jewish Writing In Canada

Author : Michael Greenstein
ISBN : 0803221851
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Contemporary Jewish Writing in Canada brings together important and innovative works from modern Jewish writers living in Canada. This anthology presents a variety of male and female voices, both established and new, some translated from French or Yiddish. Caught between a conservative British tradition and an aggressive American influence with a long immigrant history, Canadian Jewish literature has charted a unique, intermediate course. The largest community of Jewish writers in Canada can be found in Montreal, where a vibrant Yiddish culture has flourished, surrounded by a Francophone majority. Beginning with A. M. Klein and carrying through the works of Leonard Cohen and Mordecai Richler, Jewish writing in Montreal has adapted to changing political and linguistic pressures over the course of the twentieth century. A number of Jewish authors in this anthology write in French and are involved in translation?not just of language, but of cultural values as well. The second largest concentration of Jewish writers in Canada is in Winnipeg and the western part of the country, where Jewish communities have strong Yiddish and socialist roots. A generation of younger writers, however, have shifted from these earlier centers to Toronto, where they form part of a multicultural mosaic, blending Jewish, Canadian, and cosmopolitan values. From Anne Michaels?s Greek island to Aryeh Lev Stollman?s Berlin and Michael Redhill?s Irish synagogue, Canadian-Jewish literature engages exile?at home abroad and abroad at home.

The Human Season

Author : Edward Lewis Wallant
ISBN : 0815605609
Genre : Fiction
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Joe Berman is a 59-year-old immigrant plumber facing the loss of his wife. The months that follow, as he fights his way to a new idea of life, death, and God, are part of his human season. But he also reflects on the years behind him.

Anna In Chains

Author : Merrill Joan Gerber
ISBN : 081560484X
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Living in a mixed ethnic neighborhood, Anna pronounces her prejudices against all foreigners, wondering where the values of the world she remembers have gone.

While The Messiah Tarries

Author : Melvin Jules Bukiet
ISBN : 0815604971
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Combining history, fable, theology, and myth, these nine stories, by turns magical and mundane, comic and tragic, are remarkable for the breadth of their concerns and the depth of their vision. A mysterious woman searching for an impossible gem in Manhattan's diamond district; ancient ruins that might be the birthplace of god; a university library that catalogues human evil. Melvin Bukiet chronicles the lives of Jews in America, past and present, in stories that are at once contemporary and timeless.

Bedbugs

Author : Clive Sinclair
ISBN : 081560811X
Genre : Fiction
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The Yemenite Girl

Author : Curt Leviant
ISBN : 0815606192
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A love story with a comic flair. The novel explores the phenomena of fame and hero-worship, as well as the relationship between life and art.

The Stolen Jew

Author : Jay Neugeboren
ISBN : 0815605366
Genre : Fiction
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This story is about Nathan Malkin who returns to New York from a premature retirement in Israel. He bears a heavy baggage of memory - his parents' marriage, the deaths of his wife and son, and his relationship with his brother. Central to his schemes is The Stolen Jew a novel he wrote years ago.

The Island Within

Author : Ludwig Lewisohn
ISBN : 0815604998
Genre : Fiction
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The story of Reb Mendel and his descendents as they struggle with being Jewish and finding their place as new immigrants in a sometimes hostile United States.

Kanade Di Goldene Medine?

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ISBN : 9789004379411
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This volume examines the culture of Canadian Jews, with particular attention to their European roots. The essays address Yiddish literature, writings of authors working in French and English, as well as contemporary Jewish life. Cet ouvrage collectif examine la culture des juifs canadiens, originaires de l'Europe de l'Est. Les essais portent sur la littérature yiddish, l'écriture des juifs de langue française et anglaise ainsi que la vie juive contemporaine au Canada.

Ship Of The Hunted

Author : Yehuda Elberg
ISBN : 0815604491
Genre : Fiction
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The story of one family's struggle to survive in the squalor of the Warsaw ghetto during the onset of the Holocaust focuses on thirteen-year-old Yossel Yurek and his family

The Reason For Wings

Author : Joyce Reiser Kornblatt
ISBN : 0815605781
Genre : Religion
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Rachael Silver, a Holocaust survivor living in Argentina, decides to recount the history of her family's survival, just as they face another test of courage

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