“Perle’s highly regarded Yiddish novel reads with freshness and vitality. It is an important historical document as well as a fine work of art.”--Joseph Sherman, Oxford University
"I was enthralled by Perle's Everyday Jews. It shows the tension between Eros and Thanatos in a Polish town in a way that combines the phantasmagorical work of Bruno Schulz with the ethnological reportage of S. Ansky. An extraordinarily document, written in a vivid style, the blunt, animated reaction it awakened is not unlike the prudishness that greeted D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love when it first came out. And to think that even Isaac Bashevis Singer blushed."—Ilan Stavans
“Widely regarded as one of the classics of modern Yiddish literature, this novel merits serious attention. . . . The learned and profound introduction by D. Roskies gives the reader the background to the author and the novel so that it can be understood in context.”--Religious Studies Review
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About the Author
Yehoshue Perle (1888-1943) was one of Poland’s most popular, controversial, and prolific Yiddish novelists of the interwarand wartimeperiod. In his introduction to the novel, David G. Roskies, Sol & Evelyn Henkind Professor of Yiddish Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary, opens up Perle's tragic life and undiscovered oeuvre to a new generation of readers.