The World According to Itzik: Selected Poetry and Prose

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In the years between 1929 and 1939, when Itzik Manger wrote most of the poetry and fiction that made him famous, his name among Yiddish readers was a household word. Called the Shelley of Yiddish, he was characterized as being "drunk with talent". This anthology of Manger's work seeks to display the full range of his genius in poetry, fiction and criticism. The volume begins with an extensive historical, biographical and literary-critical introduction to Manger's work. There are then excerpts from a novel, "The Book of Paradise", three short stories, autobiographical essays, critical essays, and finally, Manger's magnificent poetry - ballads, bible poems, personal lyrics and the "Megilla Songs". These works, which have the patina of myths acquired ages ago, also offer modern psychological insight and irrepressible humour. With Manger we make the leap into the Jewish 20th century, as he recreates the past in all its layered expressiveness and interprets it with modernist sensibilities.

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"Manger's deceptively folkish style, which mixes fantasy and autobiography, Biblical plots and a fin-de-siècle East European setting, pathos and parody, angels' wings and social protest, the lyric and dramatic, has been brilliantly rendered into English by Leonard Wolf."—Ruth R. Wisse

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Leonard Wolf is a distinguished novelist and translator of Yiddish books, short stories, and poetry. He has taught courses in New York University's School of Continuing Education since his retirement from San Francisco State University.

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