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BIALOSTOTZKY----Z. LIBIN
emerges his biting humor. A man dreams of a happy, ideal
world — while his shoes lack soles and heels.
Of his plays let us here mention two: “Poor Man, Know Your
Place!” (
Kabtzen
,
Vu Krichstu!)
and “Broken Hearts” (
Gebro
-
chene Hertzer).
The first is a fine example of his humorous side;
the second exemplifies his more tragic aspect. Between these two
aspects, laughter and tears, Libin’s talents found their ripest ex-
pression. In cases where both achieved a synthesis, without
exaggeration, Libin was genuinely creative.
Of his hundreds of pieces only a portion have been preserved
in books. In 1902 there appeared a small volume of Libin’s short
stories. Later the Hebrew Publishing Company issued a larger
book containing a hundred stories. In 1915 the
Forward
published
four volumes of Libin stories and humorous sketches, and in 1934
a fine volume of selected stories was issued by the publishing
house,
Veker.
The latter volume contains several little master-
pieces. Of Libin’s plays — he wrote more than ninety — there
were published in book form only “Broken Hearts” and a few
one-act plays.
In English there appeared years ago his well-known one-act
play, “Colleagues,” translated by B. F. White; the same play in
a new translation is found in
Nine One-Act Plays From The
Yiddish
(Boston, 1932).