[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--First Time in Paperback-Frieden, Gorelick, and Wex: Classic Yiddish Stories

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July 18, 2011

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Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011 09:22:47 -0400
From: Mona Hamlin <mhamlin at syr.edu>
Subject: First Time in Paperback- Classic Yiddish Stories of S.Y. 
Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem and I.L. Peretz

Coming August 2011- First Time in Paperback- Pre-Order Now

Classic Yiddish Stories of  S.Y.  Abramovitsh,  Sholem  Aleichem, and I.L. 

Edited by Ken Frieden
Translated by Ken Frieden, Ted Gorelick, and Michael Wex
Paper $16.95s  ISBN#-  978-0-8156-3291-7

"This is a book for every collection-university, synagogue, yeshiva, and 
public library-and is highly recommended for your personal library."-AJL 

Book Description:

Two early works by S.Y. Abramovitsh introduce the reader to Abramovitsh's 
alter ego Mendele the Book Peddler. Mendele narrates both The Little Man 
and Fishke the Lame. In different voices, he also presents a diverse cast 
of characters including Isaac Abraham as tailor's apprentice, choirboy, 
and corrupt businessman. Reb Alter tells of his matchmaking mishap and 
Fishke relates his travels through the Ukraine with a caravan of beggars.

  Sholem Aleichem's Tevye reemerges from new translations of "Hodel" and 
"Chava" in all of his comic splendor. Notes enable students to follow 
Tevye's uneven steps through Bible quotations. Four of Sholem Aleichem's 
other eloquent monologists come back to haunt us in scintillating 
  The selections from Peretz include his finest stories about the hasidim, 
such as "Kabbalists," "Teachings of the Hasidim," and the ironic tale "The 
Rebbe's Pipe." A fresh rendering of Peretz's masterpiece "Between Two 
Mountains" represents the meeting of an inspirational rebbe and an 
awe-inspiring rabbi.

Following the translations are three biographical essays about these 
giants of modern Yiddish literature.


     "This anthology is an excellent introduction to the richness and 
diversity of modern Yiddish culture. The translation is an incontestable 
success." - Jean Baumgarten (CNRS), Revue des tudes juives

"Classic Yiddish Stories is a gem. A companion to Ken Frieden's excellent 
study Classic Yiddish Fiction, it is an independent collection of 
masterful short stories and novellas." - Benjamin Harsahav, Yale 

"No doubt, if one had only one text to introduce readers and students to 
the Jewish world of prewar Eastern Europe, Frieden's Classic Yiddish 
Stories is the one." - Michael Taub, Symposium

"Showcases to superb effect the short fiction of Yiddish writing's three 
early masters. Frieden has done an excellent editing job, and the 
translators deserve applause for their meticulous work. Highly recommended 
for Jewish studies collections. - Gene Shaw (NYPL), Library Journal

"This volume is a useful and worthy introduction to the works of these 
writers." - Jeremy Dauber (Columbia University), The Jerusalem Post

6 1/8 x 9 1/2, 304 pages, glossary, bibliography
To Order This Book or Request an Exam Copy- Call Longleaf Services Inc. at 
Or Email customerservice at longleafservices.org

Mona Hamlin
Syracuse University Press
621 Skytop Road, Suite 110
Syracuse, New York 13244-5290

Phone: 315-443-5547 Email: mhamlin at syr.edu
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