Post­ed by Nao­mi Firestone-Teeter

Friedrich Tor­berg was born in Vien­na in 1908 to a Jew­ish fam­i­ly, but was forced to emi­grate to France in 1938 due to Nazi per­se­cu­tion. From there he moved to Amer­i­ca and then ulti­mate­ly back to Vien­na in 1951, where he died in 1979. Writ­ten in 1930, Tor­berg’s Young Ger­ber was a response to a recent wave of school­boy sui­cides and tells the sto­ry of a school­boy dri­ven to mad­ness by his bul­ly­ing teacher. In Novem­ber, Pushkin Press will pub­lish Anthea Bel­l’s trans­la­tion of Tor­berg’s nov­el with this beau­ti­ful cover:

Orig­i­nal­ly from Lan­cast­er, Penn­syl­va­nia, Nao­mi is the CEO of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil. She grad­u­at­ed from Emory Uni­ver­si­ty with degrees in Eng­lish and Art His­to­ry and, in addi­tion, stud­ied at Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don. Pri­or to her role as exec­u­tive direc­tor, Nao­mi served as the found­ing edi­tor of the JBC web­site and blog and man­ag­ing edi­tor of Jew­ish Book World. In addi­tion, she has over­seen JBC’s dig­i­tal ini­tia­tives, and also devel­oped the JBC’s Vis­it­ing Scribe series and Unpack­ing the Book: Jew­ish Writ­ers in Conversation.