By Evelyn Krieger
By Renée Levine Melammed
Through the poetry of Bouena Sarfatty (1916-1997), An Ode to Salonika sketches the existence and death of the Sephardi Jewish group that after flourished during this Greek crossroads urban. A resident of Salonika who survived the Holocaust as a partisan and later settled in Canada, Sarfatty preserved the traditions and thoughts of this varied and thriving Sephardi neighborhood in a few 500 Ladino poems often called coplas. The coplas additionally describe the traumas the neighborhood confronted below German profession prior to the Nazis deported its Jewish citizens to Auschwitz. The coplas in Ladino and in Renée Levine Melammed's English translation are framed by means of chapters that hint the heritage of the Sephardi neighborhood in Salonika and supply context for the poems. This distinct and relocating resource presents an extraordinary entrée right into a as soon as brilliant global now lost.
By Tamar Alexander-Frizer
In half 1, Alexander-Frizer investigates the connection among people literature and workforce id through the tales’ connection to Hebrew canonical resources, their historic connection to the land of beginning, their remedy of popular family and ancient occasions, and their connection to the encompassing tradition within the lands of the Spanish Diaspora. half 2 comprises an research of a number of vital genres and subgenres found in the folktales, together with legends, moral stories, fairy stories, novellas, and funny stories. eventually, partially three, Alexander-Frizer discusses the artwork of storytelling, introducing the theatrical and rhetorical facets tied up within the Sephardic folktales, equivalent to the storyteller, the viewers, and the situations of time and place.
This thorough and thought-provoking examine is predicated on a corpus of over 4 thousand tales informed via descendents of the Spanish Diaspora. An creation addresses methodological difficulties that come up from the necessity to outline the tales as Judeo-Spanish in personality, in addition to from equipment used to checklist and anthologize them. Jewish reports students, in addition to these drawn to folktale stories, will achieve a lot from this attention-grabbing and readable volume.
By Stuart Ross
Brilliant experimental, surrealist fiction from the award-winning writer of Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew
A superb dream and a awful nightmare, a fuzzy recognition of soreness and kinfolk, Pockets is a unique of fragments — either actually and figuratively. In a sequence of prose-poem chapters, the anonymous narrator, in a principally Jewish Nineteen Sixties suburb within the northern reaches of Toronto, time and again enters the area, as though for the 1st time. His panorama is certainly one of trilobite fossils, bicycles with banana seats, purple Skelton, and overwhelming loss. between shadows that either convenience and threaten, a brother who drifts during the sky, he reveals his narrative choked with wallet of vacancy he can’t support yet attempt to fill.
A heartbreakingly own and profound paintings, Pockets redefines the radical, supplying limitless scope in whatever diminutive, pocket-sized. each studying brings new revelations.
By Rachel Rubinstein
In the 1st bankruptcy, "Playing Indian, turning into American," Rubinstein explores the Jewish representations of Indians over the 19th century, via narratives of come across and acts of theatricalization. In bankruptcy 2, "Going local, changing into Modern," she examines literary modernism’s fascination with the Indian-poet and a chain of Yiddish translations of Indian chants that seemed within the modernist magazine Shriftn within the Twenties. within the 3rd bankruptcy, "Red Jews," Rubinstein considers the paintings of Jewish writers from the left, together with Tillie Olsen, Michael Gold, Nathanael West, John Sanford, and Howard speedy, and in bankruptcy four, "Henry Roth, local Son," Rubinstein specializes in Henry Roth’s complex appeals to Indianness. the ultimate bankruptcy, "First Nations," addresses modern contestations among Jews and Indians over cultural and territorial sovereignty, in literary and political discourse in addition to in museum spaces.
As Rubinstein considers how Jews used the determine of the Indian to believe "at domestic" within the usa, she enriches ongoing discussions concerning the ways in which Jews negotiated their identification relating to different cultural teams. scholars of Jewish reports and literature will benefit from the particular insights in individuals of the Tribe.
By Sol Weinstein
In the mid-1960s, whilst PLAYBOY used to be serializing the adventures of the world’s most renowned superspy, they interspersed them with the rollicking stories of the Jewish state’s so much hilarious weapon, Israel Bond. After the e-book variations of what the CHICAGO TRIBUNE known as “probably the funniest undercover agent parodies ever written” had bought over 1000000 copies, they have been allowed to fall out of print. a long time later, all 4 novels - Loxfinger; Matzohball; at the mystery provider of His Majesty, the Queen; and also you in basic terms dwell until eventually You Die - can be found less than one hide for the 1st time!
By Alice Nakhimovsky,Roberta Newman
At the flip of the twentieth century, Jewish households scattered through migration may remain involved basically via letters. Jews within the Russian Empire and the US wrote company letters, romantic letters, and emotionally extreme relatives letters. yet for plenty of Jews who have been unaccustomed to speaking their private and non-private options in writing, correspondence used to be a problem. How might they ascertain their spelling used to be right and so they have been organizing their ideas appropriately? a well-liked answer was once to refer to brivnshtelers, Yiddish-language books of version letters. pricey Mendl, pricey Reyzl interprets choices from those model-letter books and contains essays and annotations that light up their function as courses to a previous culture.
By Charles Dennis
“Charles Dennis has taken the mental mystery and woven into it a time-travel tale of background and formality and the ability of affection to outlive anything—including loss of life. it's a brilliantly researched and lovely learn, specially if you’re a romantic. As I am.” — JULIAN FELLOWES, author of Downton Abbey
“Mysticism, romance, and humor are all among the covers of this new e-book by means of Charles Dennis. demanding to complete all 3 whilst, like juggling an apple, a banana, and a fretsaw, yet he’s performed it.” — MICHAEL LINDSAY-HOGG, writer of good fortune and Circumstance
“Oy, a sight to behold, le dernier cri! That’s the tale Charles Dennis has provided as much as us. He pulls us deeper and deeper into the arcana of Jewish mysticism. With this plunge into the netherworld, Dennis offers us a desirable tale. And should you imagine you’re by myself available in the market, in case you don’t learn this booklet, you are going to be.” — ED ASNER, actor
“Charles Dennis is one in all my favourite writers. The Magiker is partly his tribute to Elmore Leonard, with a fit component of Mr. Dennis’s personal feel of irony and, after all, his unique humor.” — DAN AYKROYD, actor and writer of Elwood’s Blues
By Bernard Beck
The merely factor Jack Rubin ever sought after used to be to be a true American. A Jewish immigrant from Poland, he arrives in long island urban within the past due 1800s and starts his American trip by means of pulling himself up by way of the bootstraps. yet his good fortune does not fulfill him, and while he struggles whereas elevating a headstrong daughter in the course of the roaring twenties, he appears like a failure. purely while he reveals himself aiding these much less lucky throughout the nice melancholy does Jack notice that he is been a true American all along.
By Derek Parker Royal
·Biography, autobiography, and Jewish identity
·Gender and sexuality
·Genre – from superheroes to comedy
·The Israel-Palestine conflict
·Sources within the Hebrew Bible and Jewish myth
Visualizing Jewish Narrative also contains a foreword via Danny Fingeroth, former editor of the Spider-Man line and writer of Superman at the Couch and Disguised as Clark Kent..