Jewish Tales from Eastern Europe

Jewish Tales from Eastern Europe

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Many of the stories included in this book may be considered treasures that have yet to be presented to the Jewish and general public. Some versions of these tales have been published in different anthologies and languages over the years, but most are basically unknown. The author includes stories from varied oral and written sources, mainly Czech, Slovak, German, some Yiddish, as well as Polish and Hungarian. 'Storytelling,' says Nagarajan, 'is perhaps the only tool that creates a path leading through the many layers of the past, shedding light on it without destroying the mystery and magic.'show more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 162.6 x 235.7 x 30.5mm | 607.82g
  • Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 076576086X
  • 9780765760869

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Nadia Grosser Nagarajan's selection of some fifty-six legends and three folktales from Eastern European Jewish tradition will delight readers interested in nostalgic Judaica. These twenty-eight Czech, sixteen Polish, thirteen Hungarian, and two Slovak, Jewish narratives so skillfully translated and artfully retold by the author provide a poignant portrait of the plight of Jews whose oppression by despotic rulers was only occasionally relieved by the miracles wrought by famous wise rabbis. From the difficulties of finding a suitable mate to the unwelcome visitations of the Angel of Death, the engaging vignettes of individuals from centuries past show the remarkable consistency of Jewish life. A substantial final annotations section provides helpful information concerning the sources of each narrative, sources which range from Nagarajan's own grandmother, to whose memory the book is dedicated, to earlier major literary collections. More than one third of the narratives were adapted from texts contained in the Israel Folktale Archives located at the University of Haifa. -- Alan Dundes, University of California, Berkeleyshow more

About Nadia Grosser Nagarajan

Nadia Grosser Nagarajan was born in Ostrava, a coal-mining town in Northern Moravia, in the former Czechoslovakia. She was educated in Israel and the United States and received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley. An educator since 1968, she has published children's stories in Israel as well as travel features and miscellaneous articles on literature and folklore in the United States. Nadia Grosser Nagarajan has lectured at several conferences on Jewish education and culture as well as nineteenth century European literature. She has two sons and lives in California with her more

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