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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (Nov. 18 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300095147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300095142
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #688,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The appearance of The Glatstein Chronicles is truly a landmark happening in the field of Yiddish literature, offering what has long been recognized as a modernist masterpiece, a worthy translation at last, . . . [and] a momentous and deeply significant publication in the scholarly world."—Rachel Rubinstein, Forward
(Rachel Rubinstein Forward 2010-12-17)

"Wisse once again demonstrates why she is the leading Yiddish literary in the world. . . . This volume is another elegant contribution to a series distinguished by outstanding scholarship that is accessible to every reader."—S. Gittleman, CHOICE
(S. Gittleman CHOICE)

"These are not works with conventional narratives; rather, they are exquisite poetic illuminations of Ashkenazic Jewry the moment before it was destroyed. . . . Highly recommended for all collections of Yiddish in translation."—Beth Dwoskin, Association of Jewish Libraries (Beth Dwoskin Association of Jewish Libraries)

About the Author

Jacob Glatstein arrived in America in 1914 and went on to publish twelve volumes of poetry, seven collections of essays and literary criticism, a wartime novel for teenagers, and the autobiographical novellas translated as The Glatstein Chronicles. Ruth Wisse is the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. The late Norbert Guterman completed the first English translation of Book Two of The Glatstein Chronicles in 1962. Maier Deshell translated Book One. He is former editor of the Jewish Publication Society and translated (with Margaret Birstein) Yehoshua Perle's Everyday Jews: Scenes from a Vanished Life, also for the New Yiddish Library.

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A Complex Feast Dec 21 2010
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The Glatstein Chronicles are a very special prism that brings slices of both Europe and the immigrant experience in America from 1905 to 1934 into rich focus. An engrossing and deeply satisfying read. Does it have a peer? A very knowledgeable friend (who brought the Chronicles to my attention) suggested Kafka's Amerika.

After reading the Chronicles, I moved on to Glatstein's poetry, both The Selected Poems of Jacob Glatstein (transl. Ruth Whitman) and I Keep Recalling (transl. Barnett Zumoff). Go for the latter, a bilingual edition that validates the claim that Glatstein is one of the finest poets of the twentieth century. If you can make out the Yiddish at all, you are in for a double treat--a smooth, illuminating translation and the wonderful original.
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Very well written, strongly conveys the author's feelings of the times. Powerful book. Feb. 9 2013
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Strongly conveys the author's observations and feelings on his trip from the US to Poland in 1934. The reader can "feel" the ominousness of the times. Written eloquently with pathos.
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