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Wandering Soul: The Dybbuk's Creator, S. An-Sky

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The man who would become S. An-sky--ethnographer, war correspondent, author of the best-known Yiddish play, The Dybbuk--was born Shloyme-Zanvl Rappoport in 1863, in Russia's Pale of Settlement. His journey from the streets of Vitebsk to the center of modern Yiddish and Hebrew theater, by way of St. Petersburg, Paris, and war-torn Austria-Hungry, was both extraordinary and in some ways typical: Marc Chagall, another child of Vitebsk, would make a similar transit a generation later. Like Chagall, An-sky was loyal to multiple, conflicting Jewish, Russian, and European identities. And like Chagall, An-sky made his physical and cultural transience manifest as he drew on Jewish folk culture to create art that defied nationality.

Leaving Vitebsk at seventeen, An-sky forged a number of apparently contradictory paths. A witness to peasant poverty, pogroms, and war, he tried to rescue the vestiges of disappearing communities even while fighting for reform. A loner addicted to reinventing himself--at times a Russian laborer, a radical orator, a Jewish activist, an ethnographer of Hasidism, a wartime relief worker--An-sky saw himself as a savior of the people's culture and its artifacts. What united the disparate strands of his life was his eagerness to speak to and for as many people as possible, regardless of their language or national origin.

In this first full-length biography in English, Gabriella Safran, using Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, and French sources, recreates this neglected protean figure who, with his passions, struggles, and art, anticipated the complicated identities of the European Jews who would follow him.

Book News Annotation:

Jewish Russian playwright, S. An-sky--born Shloyme-Zanvl Rappoport in 1863--is the subject of this literary biography. An-sky's close relationship with life-long friend, Chaim Zhitlowsky, figures prominently early in the account as Safran (Slavic languages and literatures, Stanford U.) proceeds to offer an in-depth portrayal of an intellectually and idealistically restless figure: Social Revolutionary Party activist; explorer of Jewish culture; ethnographer; and author of the Yiddish language play, The Dybbuk, for which he is best known. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Using Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, and French sources, Safran recreates the neglected protean personality Shloyme-Zanvl Rappoport, who would become S. An-sky--ethnographer, war correspondent, and author of the best-known Yiddish play, "The Dybbuk."

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Honorable Mention, 2011 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award, Jewish Literature and Linguistics Category, Association for Jewish Studies

About the Author

Gabriella Safran is Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Stanford University.

Stanford University

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674055704
Author:
Safran, Gabriella
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
History - Jewish
Subject:
History-Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
History-Revolutionary
Subject:
HISTORY / Europe/Eastern
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
26 halftones, 1 map
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Drama » Plays
Biography » General
Biography » Literary
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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"Synopsis" by , Using Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, and French sources, Safran recreates the neglected protean personality Shloyme-Zanvl Rappoport, who would become S. An-sky--ethnographer, war correspondent, and author of the best-known Yiddish play, "The Dybbuk."
"Synopsis" by , Honorable Mention, 2011 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award, Jewish Literature and Linguistics Category, Association for Jewish Studies
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