[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices and Announcements: E-Book Translation Sholem Asch's "Mottke, The Thief."

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
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April 12, 2015

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>From Patricia Gould <tolmitchebooks at tolmitchebooks.com>

Tolmitch E-Books is bringing the works of the great Yiddish writer Sholem
Asch to a wider audience through their publication in English in E-Book
format of "Mottke, The Thief."

“In 1936, the novelist and critic Ludwig Lewisohn was asked to name the
world’s ten greatest living Jews. The resulting list, which ran in The New
York Times, included Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber, and
Louis Brandeis. Lewisohn deemed only one writer great enough to be included
in this illustrious company: Sholem Asch.”  —Ellen Umansky, Tablet Magazine

Long before “Little Caesar” and “Public Enemy,” Sholem Asch challenged the
sensibilities of theYiddish audience with this womb-to-tomb tale of the
rise and fall of a Jewish gangster.

Deprived of his mother’s milk, beaten by his father, Mottke is driven by
hunger and fear into a life of thievery, pimping and murder. He becomes the
king of the Warsaw sexual underworld where gullible girls are promised
romance and prosperity only to be shipped off to a life of degradation in
the brothels of Buenos Aires. In the end he is brought down by the same
belief in “pure” love that enticed his victims.

Asch’s naturalistic depiction of the callous brutality of the Jewish
criminal class shocked a readership that was used to folktales, humor and
melodramas. He was criticized for revealing the unsavory underside of
Jewish life. But the novel was a huge success and a stage version played
all over the world.

Mottke The Thief

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