The Zelmenyaners: A Family Saga by Moyshe KulbakThe Zelmenyaners: A Family Saga by Moyshe Kulbak

The Zelmenyaners: A Family Saga

byMoyshe KulbakTranslated byHillel HalkinIntroduction bySasha Senderovich

Paperback | January 29, 2013

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This is the first complete English-language translation of a classic of Yiddish literature, one of the great comic novels of the twentieth century. The Zelmenyaners describes the travails of a Jewish family in Minsk that is torn asunder by the new Soviet reality. Four generations are depicted in riveting and often uproarious detail as they face the profound changes brought on by the demands of the Soviet regime and its collectivist, radical secularism. The resultant intergenerational showdowns—including disputes over the introduction of electricity, radio, or electric trolley—are rendered with humor, pathos, and a finely controlled satiric pen. Moyshe Kulbak, a contemporary of the Soviet Jewish writer Isaac Babel, picks up where Sholem Aleichem left off a generation before, exploring in this book the transformation of Jewish life.

Moyshe Kulbak (1896–1937) was a leading Yiddish modernist poet, novelist, and dramatist. Arrested in 1937 during the wave of Stalinist repression that hit the Minsk Yiddish writers and cultural activists with particular vehemence, and given a perfunctory show trial, Kulbak was shot at the age of 41. Hillel Halkin, an acclaimed translat...
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Title:The Zelmenyaners: A Family SagaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.76 inPublished:January 29, 2013Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300112327

ISBN - 13:9780300112320

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The Zelmenyaners is always more sweet than sour. Kulbak brings a poignancy to his observations of a family, and a place, for which he clearly feels much affection.”—The Jewish Book Council