Page 75 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 7 (1948-1949)

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Anna Stelmakh is a new name among Yiddish prose writers in
the U. S. S. R. She is a powerful story teller, as is borne out by
the seven novelettes in her book
Oif Dorem Ural
(In South Ural —
Moscow, Der Emes). The young writer depicts with great ability
the Jewish war tragedy as seen in the far-off Ural Mountains. As
a writer, Anna Stelmakh is a Soviet product, and her tales are
propagandistic. However, she achieves this effect not by the use
of mere words but rather by means of true realism.
Naye Yiddish Dikhtung
(New Yiddish Poetry — Jassi, Jewish
Culture Circle) compiled by J. Fauner and Eliezer Frankel is the
fullest of the three Yiddish anthologies published in Roumania
since the end of the war. In contrast to the first two which ap-
peared in Latin characters, the present volume is printed in
Hebrew type. I t has its shortcomings as a number of poets are
not represented because the able compilers lacked many of the
books from which they would have chosen the poetic material.
The preface was written by Itzik Manger.
The revival of Jewish literature in Roumania is also exemplified
by the appearance of
Bukarester Zamlbikher
(Bucharest Collective
Volumes), the textbook
Dos Yiddishe Vort
(The Yiddish Word),
and two collections of short stories by Barukh Haager.
Der Shnaidergezelln Noteh Manger Zingt
(The Journeyman-
Tailor Noteh Manger Sings — London, Arrarat) is the twelfth
book of poems by Itzik Manger. His poetic individuality consists
mainly of folksong filtered through the golden net of refined mod-
ern art. Therefore, Manger’s poetry appeals both to the dis-
criminating and the ordinary reader. Manger has dedicated his
new book to the memory of his brother Noteh who died in South
Russia where he lived as a war refugee. The preface to the book
was written by Dr. Shlomo Bickel.
David Fram, the fine lyric poet, has been a resident of South
Africa for over two decades. His book
(Perhaps — London,
Jewish Journalists’ and Writers’ Club) consists of two lengthy
poems in which the author depicts the spiritual and emotional
state of the sensitive Jew who had been uprooted from his native
Lithuania and seeks roots on the Dark Continent, in the land of
the eternal Gold Rush.