Jewish Life: Tales from Nineteenth-Century Europe (Studies in Austrian Literature, Culture, and Thought. Translation Series)

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ISBN-13: 978-1572411142
ISBN-10: 1572411147
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  • Series: Studies in Austrian Literature, Culture, and Thought Translation Series
  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Ariadne Pr (August 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572411147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572411142
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,041,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. Orion Pozo on January 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
This lovely collection of 26 stories, first published in 1891 in Mannheim Germany, is finally available in a new English translation. Most are accompanied by illustrations reproduced from the original text. Each tale is from a different country or region and together they provide a wonderful cross-section of Jewish life at the end of the 19th century.
"Bessure Towe" (Good News!) is the story of how a unfortunate man (a Prosteck) wins a dowery for his daughter through his faith in the Talmud.
"Rabbi Abdon" is about a elderly scholar and his son, who is more interested in farming than study.
In "Lewana," Nahum Bukarest wants to get from Belgrade to Constantinople. He meets a beautiful woman who offers him passage on her father's ship but gives him much more than he bargained for.
"The Meal Of The Pious" tells the story of Adolf Tigerson, the official clown of the Jewish community in Lindenberg, and his happy married life with a pretty and clever woman. This story is a fine example of "the wisdom of a fool."
"David And Abigail" tells the story of a Jewish soldier returning to his village from the Danish army after a war is over decorated with a medal in the form of a cross for bravery. This leads to a discussion in the synagog as to whether a Jew can wear a cross and remain devout.
"Shimmel Knofeles" is actually a story about how his beautiful wife outwits a Polish suitor who won't take "no" for an answer.
"The Bookbinder From Hort" is my favorite story. About a bookbinder who reads every book he binds, and to whom WORK WAS HIS PRIDE AND READING HIS HAPPINESS.
"Galeb Jekarim" is a Talmud scholar who decides to walk to Jerusalem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Originally published in Mannheim in 1891, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's Jewish Life: Tales from Nineteenth-Century Europe is an impressive and compelling anthology of twenty-six stories which present a vivid picture of Jewish life and culture in Europe before the twentieth century. From the Chasidic movement to cabalism, Judaic holiday celebrations, cultural life, and much, much more, Jewish Life encompasses humor, sentiment, abiding faith, and a rich legacy of tradition and is a welcome and highly recommended addition to personal and academic Judaic Studies collections and reading lists.
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