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Short novels by Aleichem, Aksenfeld, and Moykher-Sforim, stories by Peretz, Rabbi Nahkman, and Der Nister, religious writings, and Hassidic yarns depict Jewish life in the shtetl from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Reprint.
Paperback, 584 pages
Published May 7th 1990 by Overlook Books
(first published 1982)
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For several of the selections included here, I'd actually go with a five-star review, but because the overwhelming majority are curiously and perhaps wildly uninteresting, it gets dragged down to 3 stars. Worth reading are: "Monday" by Kulbka, "Stempeniu" by Sholom Aleichem and various other much shorter works. The bulk of the selections are bland and often seem interminable. Weirdly, too, there is a lengthy selection of fictional works that attack the notion of the shtetl and its traditions whi ...more