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The heart-stirring sermon and other stories

Author: Abraham Reisen; Curt Leviant
Publisher: Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume marks the first-ever collection in English by Avraham Reisen (1876-1953), the Yiddish short story master whose Chekhovian poignancy and scope have made him one of the twentieth century's most popular Yiddish writers. Like Sholom Aleichem, Reisen was a cultural hero to the Jewish people and a legend in his own time. With a wonderfully direct, humorous, unsentimental, and folkloric style he recreates
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Translations
Yiddish fiction
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Reisen, Abraham, 1876-1953.
Heart-stirring sermon and other stories.
Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 1992
(OCoLC)645929444
Named Person: Abraham Reisen; Abraham Reisen
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Abraham Reisen; Curt Leviant
ISBN: 0879514361 9780879514365
OCLC Number: 24173190
Description: xxiv, 204 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Avraham the shoemaker --
The heart-stirring sermon --
A pinch of snuff --
The old carpenter --
The tree --
The leap year --
Lost his voice --
Reisele --
Ten pounds less --
A woman's fear --
Shut in --
The free loan --
Matza for the rich --
Holy books --
The counterfeit coin --
The poor community --
Too late --
The two young brothers --
The new question --
The last hope --
The revolutionary --
Rothschild and Rockefeller --
When does Mama eat? --
Grandfather's lantern --
The experienced bride --
New bosses.
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: Avraham Reisen ; edited, translated, and with an introduction and annotations by Curt Leviant.

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This volume marks the first-ever collection in English by Avraham Reisen (1876-1953), the Yiddish short story master whose Chekhovian poignancy and scope have made him one of the twentieth century's most popular Yiddish writers. Like Sholom Aleichem, Reisen was a cultural hero to the Jewish people and a legend in his own time. With a wonderfully direct, humorous, unsentimental, and folkloric style he recreates scenes from a civilization now lost--that of the shtetl in.

Eastern Europe. He writes about poor and struggling Jews with insight, compassion and humor, about their spiritual values, social justice and sense of community. His hundreds of short fictions dealing with life in the shtetl create an unforgettable portrait of Jews in Eastern Europe, and the 27 stories presented here are among his best. In the title story a young traveling preacher inadvertently makes a sensation in a town notorious for its harsh criticism of sermons.

Other stories include "Matza for the Rich," a testament to the fact that mentchlichkeyt (decency) was not universally practiced in the shtetl; "Lost His Voice," where a cantor fears he can no longer sing; and "The Experienced Bride," in which a shtetl-born mother tells her American daughter about the tradition of match-making. The book concludes with a glossary explaining the meaning of various Yiddish words and phrases.

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