by Joachim Neugroschel

Reviewer Rating:


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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