The Asso­ci­a­tion of Jew­ish Libraries Guide to Yid­dish Short Stories

Ben­nett Muraskin
  • From the Publisher
June 4, 2012

For hun­dreds of years, Yid­dish was the spo­ken lan­guage of the Jew­ish peo­ple. Begin­ning in the 19th cen­tu­ry, its lit­er­a­ture described the lives of Jews at the crux of tra­di­tion and modernity.

The Guide to Yid­dish Short Sto­ries is a gate­way into this world.

It pro­vides an anno­tat­ed sum­ma­ry of more than 130 sto­ries avail­able in Eng­lish trans­la­tion, from the clas­sics of Sholem Ale­ichem and Mendele Moy­cher Sforim to those writ­ten by Holo­caust sur­vivors in post-war America.

For each sto­ry there is a bib­li­o­graph­i­cal list­ing of where it can be found, both in Eng­lish and the orig­i­nal Yiddish.

Arranged top­i­cal­ly, the Guide can help read­ers or edu­ca­tors select sto­ries cen­tered around themes includ­ing: Jew­ish hol­i­days, ques­tion­ing God’s jus­tice, the strug­gle of work­ers, ethics and piety, life in the shtetl, the curse of pover­ty, moral choic­es, anti-Semi­tism, par­ents and chil­dren, mar­riage, and spirituality.

The Guide fur­ther pro­vides bio­graph­i­cal sketch­es of the 43 authors whose works are fea­tured in this volume.

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