Everyday Jews: Scenes from a Vanished Life
When Everyday Jews was first published in Poland in 1935, the Jewish Left was scandalized by the sex scenes, and I. B. Singer complained that the novel was too bleak to be psychologically credible. Yet within two years Perle’s novel was heralded as a modern Yiddish masterpiece. Offering a unique blend of raw sexuality and romantic love, thwarted desire and spiritual longi
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There is also a very clear sense of the value of persistence - a need to just keep going in the face of whatever problems life brings - that was very much a part of the Polish Jew's psyche.
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"יהודים של כל השנה"
In the Hebrew translation
This is the autobiographically-based story of Yehoshue Perle who wrote it in 1936, and is describing a year in the life of a Jewish Family in the Shtetl (in Poland of course) around the year 1900.
This book gives us a rare and authentic access, through the eyes of the growing-up Mendl, to a way of life that was, is no longer, and surely will never recur ever again. Surprisingly, the writing is quite modern, and the t ...more
People are upwardly mobile and at the same time downwardly. There are not that many narratives which speak of this time and place.
aka Iehoshua Perle, Yehoshua Perle, Shie Perle