Introduced by Gennady Estraikh (New York University)
Features original illustrations by Marc Chagall.
The thirty years between the Russian Revolution and Stalin’s destruction of Yiddish culture produced some of the best 20th century writing in Yiddish. Brilliant avant-garde work challenged the best of European modernism during the 1920s. Later Yiddish writers tried to be creative in the middle of the twists and turns of Stalin’s rule. Little of this work has been translated into English, despite many of the writers having a huge international sale in the heyday of Yiddish literature. The Soviet writers include David Bergelson, Peretz Markish and Dovid Hofshteyn.
Joseph Sherman taught at the Oriental Institute, Oxford. He has edited a number of books on Yiddish literature and wrote regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and the Jewish press in the USA and South Africa. He died when the book was first close to publication and it will be launched at a meeting in his memory.
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