Everyday Jews: Scenes from a Vanished Life

By: Perle, Yehoshue

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When "Everyday Jews" was first published in Poland in 1935, the Jewish Left was scandalized by the sex scenes, and I. B. Singer complained that the novel was too bleak to be psychologically credible. Yet within two years Perle's novel was heralded as a modern Yiddish masterpiece. Offering a unique blend of raw sexuality and romantic love, thwarted desire and spiritual longing, "Everyday Jews" is now considered Perle's consummate achievement. The voice of Mendl, the novel's 12-year-old narrator, is precisely captured by this artfully simple translation. Mendl's impoverished and dysfunctional family struggles to survive in a nameless Polish provincial town. In his unsettled world, most ordinary people yearn to be somewhere else--or someone else. As Mendl journeys to adulthood, Perle captures the complex interplay of Christians and Jews, weekdays and Sabbaths, town and country, dream and reality, against a relentless and never-ending battle of the sexes.

Title: Everyday Jews: Scenes from a Vanished Life

Author Name: Perle, Yehoshue

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Publisher: Yale University Press:

ISBN Number: 0300116373

ISBN Number 13: 9780300116373

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z0300116373Z2

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