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The Shtetl

Joachim Neugroschel

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-947-8
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The classic anthology of the best writings depicting the colorful quilt of shtetl life through the ages now back in print.

This marvelous collection of Yiddish classics, some never before translated into English, offers the full and wonderfully vivid panoply of shtetl life from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Written by such masters as Sholom Aleichem, Aksenfeld, Moykher-Sforim, Yitzik Leyb Peretz, Rabbi Nakhman, and Der Nister, this unique collection includes not only early religious writings and engaging Hassidic yarns but also colorful stories of latterday realism, fantasy, and satire. Humor and suffering, faith and rationalist parody, romantic love and sordid cruelty a panorama of shtetl life unfolds before us, conjuring up all the colors of a bygone world.

The initiated and the uninitiated . . . both will benefit from the selection and quality here. New York Times Book Review

These stories constitute a lively and sometimes tragic history of a vanished civilization. Chicago Tribune

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