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Letters of Menakhem-Mendl and Sheyne-Sheyndl and Motl, the Cantor's Son
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This volume presents an outstanding new translation of two favorite comic novels by the preeminent Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem (1859–1916). The Letters of Menakhem Mendl and Sheyne Sheyndl portrays a tumultuous marriage through letters exchanged between the title character, an itinerant bumbler seeking his fortune in the cities of Russia before departing alone for the New World, and his scolding wife, who becomes increasingly fearful, jealous, and mystified. Motl, Peysi the Cantor's Son is the first-person narrative of a mischievous and keenly observant boy who emigrates with his family from Russia to America. The final third of the story takes place in New York, making this Aleichem's only major work to be set in the United States. Motl and Menakhem Mendl are in one sense opposites: the one a clear-eyed child and the other a pathetically deluded adult. Yet both are ideal conveyors of the comic disparity of perception on which humor depends. If Motl sees more than do others around him, Menakhem Mendl has an almost infinite capacity for seeing less. Aleichem endows each character with an individual comic voice to tell in his own way the story of the collapse of traditional Jewish life in modern industrial society as well as the journey to America, where a new chapter of Jewish history begins. This volume includes a biographical and critical introduction as well as a useful glossary for English language readers.

This volume presents an outstanding new translation of two favorite comic novels by the preeminent Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem (1859–1916). The Letters of Menakhem Mendl and Sheyne Sheyndl portrays a tumultuous marriage through letters exchanged between the title character, an itinerant bumbler seeking his fortune in the cities of Russia before departing alone for the New World, and his scolding wife, who becomes increasingly fearful, jealous, and mystified. Motl, Peysi the Cantor's Son is the first-person narrative of a mischievous and keenly observant boy who emigrates with his family from Russia to America. The final third of the story takes place in New York, making this Aleichem's only major work to be set in the United States. Motl and Menakhem Mendl are in one sense opposites: the one a clear-eyed child and the other a pathetically deluded adult. Yet both are ideal conveyors of the comic disparity of perception on which humor depends. If Motl sees more than do others around him, Menakhem Mendl has an almost infinite capacity for seeing less. Aleichem endows each character with an individual comic voice to tell in his own way the story of the collapse of traditional Jewish life in modern industrial society as well as the journey to America, where a new chapter of Jewish history begins. This volume includes a biographical and critical introduction as well as a useful glossary for English language readers.

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  • Hillel Halkin is a widely respected translator of Yiddish and Hebrew and a frequent contributor to Commentary, the Jewish Daily Forward, and the Jerusalem Post.

    Sholem Aleichem, pseudonym of Solomon Rabinovitsh (1859–1916), was one of the preeminent classical writers of modern Yiddish literature. His literary pseudonym was derived from the Hebrew expression "shalom aleichem," meaning "peace be with you." He arrived in New York in 1906 (after barely escaping a pogrom the previous year) as the world's most famous Yiddish writer. Attesting to his popularity in the New World, Aleichem's funeral was among the largest New York had ever seen.

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  • The Jerusalem Report

    "An excellent, fluid translation."

  • Choice "The 'New Yiddish Library' series . . . promises to make a valuable contribution to library collections."
  • Choice "The two works here provide a perfect background to understand the extraordinary changes taking place in the East European Jewish shtetl at the end of the 19th century, as this world was shaking on its foundations. . . . Halkin's translations and introduction are of the high quality one has come to expect from him."
  • The Jewish Daily Forward "Remarkable new translations . . . These new translations give this orphaned literature what it needs and deserves: a chance for English readers to adopt it and bring it home."
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