Page 71 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 6 (1947-1948)

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M A R K ---- AMONG RECENT YIDDISH BOOKS
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ing memoirs, travel notes and a number of newspaper articles.
The past, both recent and remote, finds expression in Menashe
Unger’s
Khasides un Lebn
(Hassidism and Life). This is a popular
study of the transformations introduced into everyday Jewish
life by Hassidism, an evaluation of the consciously democratic
nature of this movement during its prime, and a collection of
biographical sketches of Hassidic Rabbis who had risen from the
people and whose reputation was based on their personal merits.
' The outstanding achievement in this field is Sh. Niger’s first
volume of
Dertsailers un Romanistn
(Story Tellers and Novelists),
issued by CYCO. Part one contains a survey of Yiddish story-
telling in the 19th century and an excellent account of Yiddish
prose. Part two consists of revised expanded monographs which
had formerly appeared in periodicals. The following authors are
appraised: Jacob Gordin, Z. Libin, Leon Kobrin, Z. Levin,
David Pinski, and, especially Sholem Asch, whose development
is faithfully ׳ followed from the time he wrote
Dos Shtetl
(The
Town) to
Der Man fu n Natseres
(The Nazarene).
Under YKUF auspices the second volume of M. Wiener’s
Tsu der Geshikhte fu n der Yiddisher Literatoor in 19 Yorhoondert
(On the History of Yiddish Literature in the 19th Century)
appeared. The new book contains monographs on Mendele
Mocher Sefarim and Sholem Aleichem. Volume I was republished
last year.
The 1946 autumn issue of
YIVO Bletter
is devoted to I. L.
Peretz. In Mexico City, M. Sachs published a book entitled
I. L. Peretz
In his work
Yoong Vilne
,
1929-1939
(Young Wilno, 1929-1939)
Eliyahu Shulman relates with considerable warmth his encounters
with the talented group of young poets and authors in Wilno.
Among these were Chaim Grade, A. Sutskever and others. He
analyzes their literary style. The majority of this group have
perished.
We should also mention Abraham Teitelbaum’s
William
Shakespeare
, parts of which are written with great feeling.
More than five years after the death of Shaul• Ginzburg, his
book
Meshumadim in Tsarishn Roosland
(Apostates in Czarist
Russia) was published. This work is the product of research and
personal memoirs. Like all his writings it reads like an interesting
novel and one scarcely senses the scholarly efforts that went into
its making. One obtains vivid images of many apostates, some of
whom had been traitors, others missionaries or careerists; a few
had lost their way between two worlds.
Edited by David Pinski, with the assistance of L. Spiesman,
the
Geshikhte fu n Yiddish-Natsionaln Arbeter Farband
(History