Zelmenyaners: A Family Saga by Hillel Halkin, Moyshe Kulbak, Sasha Senderovich

By Hillel Halkin, Moyshe Kulbak, Sasha Senderovich

This is often the 1st entire English-language translation of a vintage of Yiddish literature, one of many nice comedian novels of the 20th century. The Zelmenyaners describes the travails of a Jewish kin in Minsk that's torn asunder by way of the hot Soviet truth. 4 generations are depicted in riveting and infrequently uproarious element as they face the profound adjustments as a result of the calls for of the Soviet regime and its collectivist, radical secularism. the consequent intergenerational showdowns—including disputes over the advent of electrical energy, radio, or electrical trolley—are rendered with humor, pathos, and a finely managed satiric pen. Moyshe Kulbak, a modern of the Soviet Jewish author Isaac Babel, selections up the place Sholem Aleichem left off a iteration ahead of, exploring during this ebook the transformation of Jewish life.

Moyshe Kulbak (1896–1937) used to be a number one Yiddish modernist poet, novelist, and dramatist. Arrested in 1937 in the course of the wave of Stalinist repression that hit the Minsk Yiddish writers and cultural activists with specific vehemence, and given a perfunctory express trial, Kulbak was once shot on the age of forty-one. Hillel Halkin, an acclaimed translator of Hebrew and Yiddish fiction, is the writer, so much lately, of around the Sabbath River: looking for a misplaced Tribe of Israel and Yehuda Halevi. Sasha Senderovich holds a Ph.D. from the dept of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard collage.

Show description

Read or Download Zelmenyaners: A Family Saga PDF

Similar historical fiction books

Memoir From Antproof Case

An previous American who lives in Brazil is writing his memoirs. An English instructor on the naval academy, he's married to a girl younger adequate to be his daughter and has a bit son whom he loves. He sits in a mountain backyard in Niterói, overlooking the ocean.

As he reminisces and writes, putting the pages conscientiously in his antproof case, we study that he was once a global struggle II ace who was once shot down two times, an funding banker who met with popes and presidents, and a guy who used to be by no means now not in love. He used to be the thief of the century, a assassin, and a protector of the blameless. And all his existence he waged a valiant, wasting, one-man conflict opposed to the world's so much insidious enslaver: coffee.

Mark Helprin combines experience, satire, flights of transcendence, and excessive comedy during this "memoir" of a guy whose lifestyles reads just like the music of the 20 th century.

Michelangelo's Notebook (Finn Ryan, Book 1)

Lifestyles may perhaps imitate paintings. .. yet dying follows it.

While learning artwork heritage at big apple collage, magnificent and gorgeous Finn Ryan makes a startling discovery: a Michelangelo drawing of a dissected corpse-supposedly from the artist's near-mythical laptop. yet that very evening, an individual breaks into her apartment-murdering her boyfriend and stealing the sketches she made up of the drawing. Fleeing for her existence, Finn heads to the tackle her mom had given her for emergencies, the place she unearths the enigmatic antiquarian ebook broker, Michael Valentine. jointly, they embark on a determined race in the course of the city-and throughout the pages of background itself-to divulge an electrifying mystery from the ultimate days of global battle II-a mystery that lies in the dead of night labyrinthine center of the Vatican

The Girls of Gettysburg

Picketts cost, the suicidal cost led by way of Robert E. Lee at the final day of Gettysburg, serves because the robust climax of this Civil warfare novel, instructed from the original views of 3 women.

Thirteen-year-old Annie Gordon, disguised as a boy, sells herself as an alternative soldier and joins the Portsmouth Rifles of the 9th Virginia military as they march north to Gettysburg. In Gettysburg lives fourteen-year-old Tillie Pierce, the frivolous daughter of a neighborhood service provider whose romanticized idea of struggle is readily disabused as soon as the scuffling with starts. additionally in Gettysburg are Grace Bryan and her father, who refuse to escape with the opposite unfastened blacks who worry that the rebels will arrest them as fugitive slaves.

The strong, gripping novel follows the fates of those women, fates that replicate the tragedies and triumphs, the humanity, heartache, and heroism of this such a lot dreadful Civil struggle conflict.

The Black Moon (The Poldark Saga, Book 5)

The beginning of a son to Elizabeth and George Warleggan turns out to make the rift among the Poldark and Warleggan households worse. while Morwenna Chynoweth, governess to Elizabeth's son, grows to like Drake Carne, Demelza's brother, issues worsen.

Additional resources for Zelmenyaners: A Family Saga

Example text

Malbushim (Hebrew)—clothing. part one 5 everyone be happy with their share and enjoy it, that’s what I wish with all my heart. And after I’ve lived as many years as I have to live, don’t forget me. Remember to say kaddish* when you can. † ♦♦♦ Bubbe Bashe outlived her husband by many years. In a manner of speaking, she’s still doing it. Not that she sees so well or hears so well or walks so well, but you can’t deny she’s still alive. She’s just more like an old hen than a human being and doesn’t realize that everything has changed.

Moyshe Kulbak, ‘‘From Byelorussia,’’ trans. by Leonard Wolf, in Howe, Wisse, and Shmeruk, The Penguin Book of Modern Yiddish Verse, 388. 17. Ibid. 18. R. ’’ Maisei Kul’bak, Vybranae (Minsk, 1970), 8. 19. , 398. 20. ‘‘The Rabbi’s Son,’’ Isaac Babel’s Selected Writings, 175–176. 21. Nikolai Ostrovskii, Vi shtol hot zikh farkhatevet: Roman in tsvey teyln, ed. M. Kulbak (Minsk: Melukhe farlag, 1937). This Yiddish translation of Nikolai Ostrovskii’s paradigmatic Soviet novel, How the Steel Was Tempered, lists Moyshe Kulbak’s name on the title page, referring to the text having been ‘‘edited’’ (baarbet ) by him; the name of the translator is not listed.

It’s no secret he wants to marry her o√ to a nice Jewish boy. Lately, he’s put down his carpenter’s plane and gone looking for a bridegroom in the synagogues. He’d prefer a kosher slaughterer, someone with a bit of Jewish education. They say the following actually happened. Once, Uncle Yuda arranged for Khayaleh to meet a highly eligible bachelor on a street corner at the far end of town. That night a blizzard struck. Khayaleh went to the corner and waited as told. Although no one, not even a bachelor, would have ventured out in such weather, she was so desperate for a husband that she huddled against a wall and resolved to stick it out to the bitter end.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.05 of 5 – based on 38 votes