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Jewish Life: Tales from Nineteenth-Century Europe

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This work, originally published in Mannheim in 1891, is a collection of twenty-six stories illustrating various aspects of Jewish life and culture in Europe prior to the twentieth century. Each story takes place in a different country and develops an isolated topic or theme from Jewish life in a sometimes humorous, sometimes dramatic, and often sentimental fashion. While ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Ariadne Press (CA) (first published 1888)
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Nov 20, 2007 Eric K. rated it it was ok
The really curious thing about Sacher-Masoch was that he hated that Kraft-Ebbing coined the term "masochism" after him, feeling it destroyed his legacy as a writer. He wanted to be remembered for his political goals: Principally, his ceaseless campaigning against anti-Semitism, which he considered a toxic aspect of the German character with catastrophic consequences if unaddressed.

REVIEW: Interesting in Sacher-Masoch's enthusiastic philo-Semitism and his historical goal of preserving the memory
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A fascinating and well-observed study of Jewish life & culture, through the medium of the short story. Sacher-Masoch knew his local Jewish community well, and the tone of these stories is warm & affectionate, and never patronising.

Their settings range widely,and some are better than others, but only a view show the preoccupations that have made his name famous.
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Austrian writer and journalist, who gained renown for his romantic stories of Galician life. The term masochism is derived from his name.

During his lifetime, Sacher-Masoch was well known as a man of letters, a utopian thinker who espoused socialist and humanist ideals in his fiction and non-fiction. Most of his works remain untranslated into English. The novel Venus in Furs is his only book common
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