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The 5 brief novellas which include this anthology have been written among 1890 and global battle I. All percentage a standard setting-the jap ecu Jewish city or shtetl, and all deal in several methods with a unmarried topic-the Jewish war of words with modernity.

The authors of those novellas are one of the maximum masters of Yiddish prose. of their paintings, today's reader will find a literary culture of substantial scope, power, and diversity and may come nose to nose with a very memorable forged of characters and with a human neighborhood now irrevocably lost.

In her basic creation, Professor Wisse strains the improvement of contemporary Yiddish literature within the past due nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and describes the various shifts that came about among the Yiddish writers and the realm approximately which they wrote. She additionally furnishes a short creation for every novella, giving the ancient and biographical historical past and providing a severe interpretation of the paintings.

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I stayed put for a while behind the tree. I believe I didn’t care about the fact that, from that minute on, possibly no bomb or M G shrapnel would ever again be dropped down on me. I wasn’t curious as to what would happen now. I didn’t know what use there was for a dragon once it stops breathing fire. I had no idea how the horned Siegfried is supposed to act if the dragon asks him for his watch rather than gobbling him up, hair and hide. I didn’t feel like watching how Herr Siegfried and Herr Dragon would get along as private citizens.

But it should be explained, and in so many words for that matter and, if possible, on a weekly basis according to the current situation. T h e uninformed are beginning to act irresponsibly. M eanw hile, the conversation focuses on the staff party the previous Saturday. Jurgen tells the story o f how he barely m anaged to get his wife, who had had a few too many, hom e in a factory bus after she slapped an obnoxious colleague in the face in front o f everyone. I was so mad I got drunk the next day, he says.

A savings of 50 percent! T hat was unheard of— for us! T he practicality of the proposal was questioned. Yes, you too, P.! Be quiet, now it’s my turn! But the proposal is practical, nothing can shake it. Sure, we got a prem ium . Sure, the two of us will make good money the next three months. I get a thousand marks out o f it, if you want to know. And what o f it? Is material incentive perhaps nothing to us comrades? Everything would have been all right if the two of them had shared their prem ium s, had shut their mouths with a few bottles o f beer.

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