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When Everyday Jews was first published in Poland in 1935, the Jewish Left was scandalized by the sex scenes, and I. B. Singer complained that the novel was too bleak to be psychologically credible. Yet within two years Perles novel was heralded as a modern Yiddish masterpiece. Offering a unique blend of raw sexuality and romantic love, thwarted desire and spiritual longing, Everyday Jews is now considered Perles consummate achievement.

 

The voice of Mendl, the novel's 12-year-old narrator, is precisely captured by this artfully simple translation. Mendl's impoverished and dysfunctional family struggles to survive in a nameless Polish provincial town. In his unsettled world, most ordinary people yearn to be somewhere else—or someone else. As Mendl journeys to adulthood, Perle captures the complex interplay of Christians and Jews, weekdays and Sabbaths, town and country, dream and reality, against a relentless and never-ending battle of the sexes.

 

 

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About the Author

Yehoshue Perle (1888-1943) was one of Polands most popular, controversial, and prolific Yiddish novelists of the interwar—and wartime—period. In his introduction to the novel, David G. Roskies, Sol & Evelyn Henkind Professor of Yiddish Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary, opens up Perle's tragic life and undiscovered oeuvre to a new generation of readers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300116373
Author:
Roskies, David G.
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Translator:
Birstein, Margaret; Deshell, Maier; Roskies, David G.
Translator:
Deshell, Maier
Translator:
Birstein, Margaret
Author:
Birstein, Margaret
Author:
Perle, Yehoshue
Author:
Deshell, Maier
Subject:
General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
New Yiddish Library Series
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.40x6.05x1.18 in. 1.25 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , < div> When < i> Everyday Jews< /i> was first published in Poland in 1935, the Jewish Left was scandalized by the sex scenes, and I. B. Singer complained that the novel was too bleak to be psychologically credible. Yet within two years Perle& #8217; s novel was heralded as a modern Yiddish masterpiece. Offering a unique blend of raw sexuality and romantic love, thwarted desire and spiritual longing, < i> Everyday Jews< /i> is now considered Perle& #8217; s consummate achievement.< br> < br> & nbsp; < br> < br> The voice of Mendl, the novel's 12-year-old narrator, is precisely captured by this artfully simple translation. Mendl's impoverished and dysfunctional family struggles to survive in a nameless Polish provincial town. In his unsettled world, most ordinary people yearn to be somewhere else& #8212; or someone else. As Mendl journeys to adulthood, Perle captures the complex interplay of Christians and Jews, weekdays and Sabbaths, town and country, dream and reality, against a relentless and never-ending battle of the sexes. < br> < br> & nbsp; < br> < br> & nbsp; < br> < br> < /div>
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