by Joachim Neugroschel

Reviewer Rating:
4

Review

Fans of short story anthologies and Yiddish (and who isn't), will enjoy this survey of from 1382 to 2000. Rich with imagery and human foibles, the stories introduced me to a literary world I had not visited before. Often I had to research words and biblical characters to fully appreciate the storyteller's intent. While reading an anthology cover-to-cover is sometimes too arduous, I appreciate the flexibility of dipping randomly into a different literary period.  The introductions for each period are invaluable and could be read on their own as a serialized essay for those who just want an overview on the development of medieval Yiddish to present day.

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