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Vilna My Vilna: Stories by Abraham Karpinowitz - Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art (Hardback)
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Vilna My Vilna: Stories by Abraham Karpinowitz - Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art (Hardback)

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Abraham Karpinowitz (1913-2004) was born in Vilna, Poland (present-day Vilnius, Lithuania), the city that serves as both the backdrop and the central character for his stories. He survived the Holocaust in the Soviet Union and, after two years in an internment camp on the island of Cyprus, moved to Israel, where he lived until his death. In this collection, Karpinowitz portrays, with compassion and intimacy, the dreams and struggles of the poor and disenfranchised Jews of his native city before the Holocaust.

His stories provide an affectionate and vivid portrait of poor working women and men, like fishwives, cobblers, and barbers, and people who made their living outside the law, like thieves and prostitutes. This collection also includes two stories that function as intimate memoirs of Karpinowitz's childhood growing up in his father's Vilna Yiddish theatre. Karpinowitz wrote his stories and memoirs in Yiddish, preserving the particular language of Vilna's lower classes. In this graceful translation, Mintz deftly preserves this colorful, often idiomatic Yiddish, capturing Karpinowitz's unique voice and rendering a long-vanished world for English language readers.

Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815634263
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 494 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

It is a master storyteller who can make you feel like you ve met someone you never knew, visited a city to which you ve never been, make you long for a people, place and culture you ve never experienced but from
a generation, location and language once, twice or thrice removed. Abraham Karpinowitz (1913-2004)
is such a writer. And, thanks to local master storyteller and translator Helen Mintz, more of us can now
visit Karpinowitz s Vilna a city full of colorful characters, both real and not, and share in a small part of
their lives.--CYNTHIA RAMSAY "Jewish Independent ""


Mintz s collection, Vilna My Vilna: Stories of Abraham Karpinowitz, provides an uncanny portrait of prewar Vilna, and it is as was much of Karpinowitz s writing a paean to lost Vilna, to its street life, its cast of unusual characters, its cultural ferment and its underworld.--Norman Ravvin "Canadian Jewish News ""

It is a master storyteller who can make you feel like you've met someone you never knew, visited a city to which you've never been, make you long for a people, place and culture you've never experienced but from
a generation, location and language once, twice or thrice removed. Abraham Karpinowitz (1913-2004)
is such a writer. And, thanks to local master storyteller and translator Helen Mintz, more of us can now
visit Karpinowitz's Vilna - a city full of colorful characters, both real and not, and share in a small part of
their lives.

--CYNTHIA RAMSAY "Jewish Independent "
Mintz's collection, Vilna My Vilna: Stories of Abraham Karpinowitz, provides an uncanny portrait of prewar Vilna, and it is - as was much of Karpinowitz's writing - a paean to lost Vilna, to its street life, its cast of unusual characters, its cultural ferment and its underworld.--Norman Ravvin "Canadian Jewish News "
Helen Mintz, translator of these stories is a scholar, performer, and accomplished Yiddishist.... (She) has done more than translate these rich sketches of a city in transition during the interwar years. She has edited the contents of Vilna My Vilna from several collections of Karpinowitz's short pieces and arranged them so as to provide a moving chronicle of Jewish life in one of its centers.--Martha Roth "Jewish Currents "
Vilna My Vilna, a remarkable book of Yiddish short stories by Abraham Karpinowitz (1913-2004), has now been translated into English by Helen Mintz. This collection demonstrates that Karpinowitz deserves to be counted among the great Yiddish writers.--Peninnah Schram "Jewish Book Council "

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