Peretz Markish (1895-1952), one of Eastern Europe's most important Yiddish poets in the period between the two world wars, was a fiercely independent maverick who published work in all literary genres. Although emerging from the Kiev literary tradition, Markish always went his own way in a literary career spanning four decades and embracing almost all twentieth-century aesthetic movements. After the Revolution, he settled in Poland, but returned to be integrated more closely into Soviet culture than any other Yiddish writer of his generation, receiving the Order of Lenin. It did not save him from Stalin's show-trials of Jewish intellectuals, and he was executed in 1952, but as early as 1955 his writing was being rehabilitated in the Soviet press: a testament to his literary stature. His Yiddish works were widely translated into Russian and Ukrainian, establishing him as a major Russian writer of his times. This new volume serves both as a companion to the life and works of Peretz Markish and as a source-book for future research.
A biography and bibliography are combined with some twenty contributed essays by Peretz scholars, surveying the entire corpus of his work and all periods of his career. With the contributions: David Shneer- An Introduction. My Name is Now: Peretz Markish and the Literature of Revolution Yael Chaver- Jewish Radicalism: Hebrew in Peretz Markish's Early Poetry Jordan Finkin- The Lighter Side of Babel: Peretz Markish's Urban Poetics Amelia Glaser- 'A Shout from Somewhere': The Early Work of Peretz Markish Karolina Szymaniak- The Language of Dispersion and Confusion: Peretz Markish's Manifestos from the Khalyastre Period Aleksandra Geller- Peretz Markish and Literarishe Bleter (1924-1926) Seth L.
Wolitz- Markish's Radyo (1922): Yiddish Modernism as Agitprop Harriet Murav- Peretz Markish in the 1930s: Socialist Construction and the Return of the Luftmentsh Ber Boris Kotlerman- Markish's play The Ovadis Family and Soviet Jewish Policies, 1936-1941 David Shneer- Rivers of Blood: Peretz Markish, the Holocaust, and Jewish Vengeance Jeffrey Veidlinger- The Pen and the Sword: The Wartime Plays of Peretz Markish Gennady Estraikh- Anti-Nazi Rebellion in Peretz Markish's Drama and Prose Chana Kronfeld- Murdered Modernisms: Peretz Markish and the Legacy of Soviet Yiddish Poetry Roberta Saltzman- A Bibliography of Peretz Markish Seth L. Wolitz- Appendix: A Yiddish Modernist Dirge: Di Kupe of Peretz Markish
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd ISBN: 9781906540524 Number of pages: 250 Weight: 680 g Dimensions: 249 x 173 x 18 mm
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