Warsaw Stories

Warsaw Stories

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Hersh Dovid Nomberg (1876-1927) was one of a new wave of Yiddish writers who made a name for himself with his characteristically atmospheric short stories populated by artists, philosophers and other outcasts. Newly translated by Daniel Kennedy, Nomberg's stories explore modern Jewish life in the growing cosmopolitan city of Warsaw: young intellectuals in pursuit of truth, beauty, and love; working class fathers tempted by schemes for easy money; teenagers divided between their traditional religious upbringings and the world of secular culture and political revolution.

In this new English translation, Hersh Dovid Nomberg's stories explore modern Jewish life in the growing cosmopolitan city of Warsaw: young intellectuals in pursuit of truth and beauty; working class fathers tempted by schemes for easy money; and teenagers caught between desire and tradition. By turns comic, satiric, and earnest, Nomberg's stories take the pulse of Warsaw's Jewish society at the dawn of the twentieth century.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 12.7mm | 4,711g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0989373193
  • 9780989373197
  • 1,093,695

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Hilarious and insightful, a glimpse of a vanished world seen close at hand, with poverty, propriety, romance, and much more. Nomberg was a forgotten genius, forgotten until . . . now! A very fine translation, too!" - Paul Buhle

"Thanks to the Yiddish Book Center's new publishing imprint, White Goat Press, and Daniel Kennedy's superb translation, we can now rediscover Nomberg's poignant, unset tling, and deeply moving stories about uprooted Jews. Warsaw Stories invents a landscape inhabited by young Jews in flight from tradition, betwixt and between worlds, at home nowhere, dreaming, swindling, gossiping, masquerading, rebelling, yearning, overcome with rage and shame, and above all, feeling lost in a disorienting urban landscape." - Donal Weber, the Jewish Book Council

"This book is a mekhaye [delight] for a teacher. Nomberg's Warsaw Stories in Daniel Kennedy's faithful English translation contain rich material for the teaching of Yiddish literature, culture, and history; and are timely reading for the contemporary moment." - Mikhail Krurikov, the Forward

"Fliglman [is] the hero of one of Hersh Dovid Nomberg's Warsaw Stories, a collection of which has just been brought out by the Yiddish Book Center, with Kennedy's excellent translation. 'Fliglman' was Nomberg's literary breakthrough, and rightly so. The story is a heartbreaker, and the cigarette smoke practically rises from the page." - Rokhl Kafrissen, Tablet Magazine

"Daniel Kennedy hereby offers two books to the English-reading realm that, in addition to their literary merit and their value as classics of Yiddish literature, can prove compelling to contemporary readers looking for literary representations of the unfolding trainwreck that is our media-crazed, erev-apocalyptic generation." - Ri J. Turner, In geveb
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