Utter Chaos

Paperback | March 21, 2016

bySammy GronemannTranslated byPenny Milbouer

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Published in Germany in 1920, Sammy Gronemann's satirical novel set in 1903 at the time of the Sixth Zionist Congress follows the life of a baptized Jew, Heinz Lehnsen, as he negotiates legal entanglements, German culture, religious differences, and Zionist aspirations. A chance encounter with a long-lost cousin from a shtetl in Russia further complicates the plot and challenges the characters' notions of Jewish identity and their belief in the claims of the Zionist movement. Gronemann's humor and compassion slyly expose the foibles and contradictions of human behavior. With deep insight into German society, German-Jewish culture, and antisemitism, Utter Chaos paints a highly entertaining portrait of German Jews at the beginning of the twentieth century.

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Published in Germany in 1920, Sammy Gronemann's satirical novel set in 1903 at the time of the Sixth Zionist Congress follows the life of a baptized Jew, Heinz Lehnsen, as he negotiates legal entanglements, German culture, religious differences, and Zionist aspirations. A chance encounter with a long-lost cousin from a shtetl in Russia...

Sammy Gronemann (1875-1952) was a lawyer, Zionist, and writer in Germany. He coedited a satirical Zionist magazine and served as a translator in Europe during World War I. He was the son of rabbi and an observant Jew, though he attacked many aspects of the ultra-Orthodox movement. He emigrated to Palestine in 1936. His play, The King a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 21, 2016Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253019605

ISBN - 13:9780253019608

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Table of Contents

Foreword Joachim Schlör
Translator's Introduction
1. Goethe in Borytshev
2. A Literary Enterprise
3. A Pious Fund
4. Pastoral Care
5. Paradise Apples
6. The Sounds of Easter
7. The Trumpet Sounds
8. The Minyan Man
9. The First Born
10. Resistance
11. Pogrom
12. The Grand Festival Week
Glossary and Comments
Index

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"Sammy Gronemann is a forgotten classic among German-Jewish authors." -Michael Brenner, American University