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Author Bergelson, David, 1884-1952, author.

Title Judgment : a novel / David Bergelson ; translated from the Yiddish by Harriet Murav and Sasha Senderovich.

Publication Info. Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Fiction    FIC BERGELSON,D    Available
Description xxxvii, 222 pages ; 21 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Northwestern world classics
Northwestern world classics.
Note "Originally published as Mides-hadin, vol. 7, Geklibene verk (Vilna: B. Kletzkin, 1929)."
Contents David Bergelson's Judgment: a critical introduction / by Sasha Senderovich and Harriet Murav -- Judgment -- Translators' notes.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary Never before available in English, Judgment is a work of startling power by David Bergelson, the most celebrated Yiddish prose writer of his era. Set in 1920 during the Russian Civil War, Judgment (titled Mides-hadin in Yiddish) traces the death of the shtetl and the birth of the "new, harsher world" created by the 1917 Russian Revolution. As Bolshevik power expanded toward the border between Poland and Ukraine, Jews and non-Jews smuggled people, goods, and anti-Bolshevik literature back and forth. In the novel's fictional town of Golikhovke, the Bolsheviks have established their local outpost in a former monastery, where the non-Jewish Filipov acts as the arbiter of "judgment" and metes out punishments and executions to the prisoners held there: Yuzi Spivak, arrested for anti-Bolshevik activities; Aaron Lemberger, a pious and wealthy Jew; a seductive woman referred to as "the blonde" who believes she can appease Filipov with sex; and a memorable cast of toughs, smugglers, and criminals. Ordinary people, depicted in a grotesque, aphoristic style--comparable to Isaac Babel's Red Cavalry --confront the overwhelming, mysterious forces of history, whose ultimate outcome remains unknown. Murav and Senderovich's new translation expertly captures Bergelson's inimitable modernist style.
Subject Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921 -- Jews -- Fiction.
Jews -- Russia -- Fiction.
Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921 -- Fiction.
Added Author Murav, Harriet, 1955- translator, writer of introduction.
Senderovich, Sasha, translator, writer of introduction.
Added Title Midas̀-hadin. English
ISBN 9780810135918 paperback alkaline paper
0810135914 paperback alkaline paper
Standard No. 40027484838

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