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Dybbuk and Other Tales of the Supernatural

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"Tony Kushner’s adaptation of A Dybbuk, perhaps the greatest classic of Yiddish drama, is passionate and illuminating.” –Clive Barnes, New York Post

“Some playwrights want to change the world. Some want to revolutionize theater. Tony Kushner is that rarity of rarities: a writer who has the promise to do both.” -New York Times
“As filtered through Kushner, the play has a deep
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Theatre Communications Group (first published June 23rd 1992)
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All right, so I’m probably one of the few people who hadn’t heard of S. Ansky before reading this collection. Shame on me, I know. Anyway, The Dybbuk is actual a theatre play based on a folklore story S. Ansky gathered info for during his travels. The story is about a young bride who is possessed by a dybbuk – this can best be compared to an evil spirit, or demon. Her name is Leah’le, and she went to the graveyard bef
I believe this edition has both the original play "The Dybbuk," by S. Ansky, as well as Tony Kushner's adaptation of the piece. Both are incredibly rich and important reads, but I wish that Kushner had taken his adaptation further. He goes as far as to (theatrically) articulate and illuminate his queer reading of Ansky's play but he doesn't seem to move beyond commentary. He doesn't create anything new; the adaptation leaves little room for reflection or inspiration. I wonder if Kushner felt pre ...more
LOVED "the Dybbuk" and the short story "the tower in Rome" but was bored by the other stories. On the other hand, reading Yiddish literature is a fascinating window into that world
A classic dramatic play that is a wonderful piece of Jewish literature along with other short stories and writings from S. Ansky. I enjoyed reading The Dybbuk, the premise mixed with the mysticism was very interesting. The other stories offered a nice window into the time period.
Tony Kushner is a genius.
May 28, 2015 Travelin marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
It was eerie to read that this man ran the Yiddish center in Vilnius before WWII nearly wiped out the Yiddish population. There's every possibility that some kind of cousin, but not my great-grandparents, were involved in one side or the other of that conflict.

This collection is probably rare in some way, since it includes other, less famous, translated writings by Ansky, which may never see the light of day in another forum. His one piece about a Christian woman in Russia who registered herself
Ansky – born Shloyme-Zanvl ben Aaron Hacohen Rappoport – was a Russian Jew who turned his back on his orthodox upbringing and became active in the Socialist-Revolutionary party in the early 1900’s. For my reading pleasure, *The Dbyuk* - the play he is most widely known for - and a few of his personal essays, diary excerpts, and folksy short stories were translated from Yiddish to Russian and back to Yiddish and then to English.

And it was all wasted on me.

Yeah, I respected the revolutionist plat
Ben Kintisch
Jul 17, 2007 Ben Kintisch rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who believe in evil spirits
Who knew that the Jews loved Evil Spirits! This play was the most-performed of all Yiddish Theatre classics. A great Yiddish actress wouldn't be considered at the top of her game until she played the tormented female lead.

Watch out for the Dybbuk!!!
loved the dybbuk, obvs, kind of lukewarm on the "and other writing"
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