The Shadows of Berlin: The Berlin Stories of Dovid Bergelson

David Bergelson Dovid Bergelson Joachim Neugroschel


The Shadows of Berlin: The Berlin Stories of Dovid Bergelson

The Shadows of Berlin: The Berlin Stories of Dovid Bergelson

  • Title: The Shadows of Berlin: The Berlin Stories of Dovid Bergelson
  • Author: David Bergelson Dovid Bergelson Joachim Neugroschel
  • ISBN: 9780872864443
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Paperback



Shadows of Berlin is, in part, a bleak chronicle of life in Europe growing ever hostile at the edge of World War II, part mythic parable Bergelson s stories passionate, honest, dark and often hilarious hint at the possibility of redemption even as they suggest a horror just around the corner.Dovid Bergelson 1884 1952 is considered to be one of the best Soviet YiddiShadows of Berlin is, in part, a bleak chronicle of life in Europe growing ever hostile at the edge of World War II, part mythic parable Bergelson s stories passionate, honest, dark and often hilarious hint at the possibility of redemption even as they suggest a horror just around the corner.Dovid Bergelson 1884 1952 is considered to be one of the best Soviet Yiddish writers of the twentieth century He was executed in 1952 as part of Stalin s purge of Soviet Yiddish culture.Joachim Neugroschel is the winner of three PEN Translation Awards and the French American Translation Prize His translations include works by Franz Kafka, Marcel Proust and Thomas Mann.


Recent Comments "The Shadows of Berlin: The Berlin Stories of Dovid Bergelson"

This collection of short stories was the first book I purchased at City Lights in San Francisco. A true treasure to add to my personal library! Melancholic Yiddish tales, yes. Hopeful sentiment, no. Just knowing what historically lies ahead for Eastern Europe between the two World Wars and how Bergelson was murdered by Stalin's regime on The Night of the Murdered Poets adds to the ever graying mood of The Berlin Stories.

The most interesting thing about this book, IMO, was the history of the author. David Bergelson lived in Berlin during the 1920's. During that time it was a place of exile for Yiddish intellectuals. He eventually returned to Russia thinking that Yiddish culture would thrive in the communist state. Unfortunately, Stalin had other ideas. Bergelson was killed in 1952. This collection of short stories are pretty dark, but clever and layered. Not for the casual reader, but if you have an interest in [...]

Just OK. Interesting series of stories assembled from the world of Berlin between the wars through the eyes of a Jewish exile from the Ukraine, a very popular writer in Yiddish at the time. Particularly liked the fat frau in the first story and the self-described Jewish terrorist who struggles to assasinate the 'pogromist' who moves in across the hall in his boarding house.Joseph Roth's book of Berlin stories makes an interesting contrast.


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