Grade, Chaim, Yosef Ahai and Alexander Bogen

Published by Tel-Aviv: Hotsaat Y. L. Perets, 1969
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Original cover, 8vo, 179 pages, 9 leaves of plates, illustrated, 25 cm. In Yiddish and Hebrew. Grade (1910-1982) was a "Yiddish poet and novelist. Born in Vilna, Grade became that city s most articulate literary interpreter. After his father s early death, his mother ran a market stall in order to provide him a traditional education; he attended several yeshivot, including seven years under the famed scholar-rabbi, the Hazon Ish, becoming attracted to the Musar movement. He made his literary debut in Dos Vort, became a member of Yung Vilne, and soon was one of its staunchest pillars. The group sought both to synthesize secular Yiddish culture with new currents in world literature, and to bring the impoverished Jewish home into contact with the progressive forces of contemporary society. Grade s poems appeared in leading Yiddish periodicals in Europe and the U. S. His first book, Yo, was acclaimed by critics for its stylistic elegance and its affirmation of faith in a synthesis of traditional and modern currents. His long poem "Ezekiel" demonstrated his understanding of the tragic nature of human and especially Jewish existence. Extremely important in his early period was Geveyn fun Doyres, which treats the issues of Jewish identity and national history. His long poem "Musernikes", describes the spiritual struggles of yeshivah students torn between the Musar traditions and worldly temptations. During World War II, Grade found refuge in Russia and continued to write, his next collection of poems, Has, appearing in Moscow and following Soviet directives. After the war he dedicated a series of poems, "Mit Dayn Guf af mayne Hent" to his wife who perished in the Holocaust. In his volumes Doyres, Pleytim, and Shayn fun Farloshene Shtern, he mourned the victims of the Holocaust and describes the survivors. With this attempt at confronting the national Jewish tragedy, Grade became in a sense the national Jewish poet, as Bialik had been in his day. Grade s return to Vilna in 1946 was traumatic, as described in "Af di Khurbes", and he left for Poland but after the Kielce pogrom moved on to Paris, where he helped to revivify Yiddish cultural life among the surviving Jews, leading the Yiddish literary club.Grade was one of the rare interpreters of yeshivah life in modern Yiddish literature, recreating the daily life of the yeshivah student with photographic accuracy, objectivity, and affection, and illustrating it with such scenes as rabbis discussing talmudic law, as in the novel Tsemakh Atlas. Following that novel, he published two more collections of stories: Di Kloyz un di Gas and Der Shtumer Minyan, which again attempted to reconstruct the atmosphere of prewar Vilna. Grade s postwar poetry expressed, above all, the traumatic experience of the Holocaust and focused on the question of his own survival, while his prose works continued to reconstruct Jewish Vilna and the specific features of mind and piety of Lithuanian Jewry. From the beginning, his works possessed a distinct philosophical dimension" (Biletzky and Lisek in EJ, 2007) . SUBJECT(S) : Yiddish poetry. Hebrew poetry -- Translations from Yiddish. Poems. Added title page: Oif main weg tzu dir .Other Titles: Be-darki elayikh: ; shirim u-foemot; Lider un poemes = shirim u-foemot; Lider un poemes; Shirim u-foemot. Hinge repair. Bumped cover corners. Wear to binding. Fading to edges of cover. Otherwise, good condition. (Heb-28-2) Ava, yid1, yidlit1. Bookseller Inventory # 31297

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Publisher: Tel-Aviv: Hotsaat Y. L. Perets

Publication Date: 1969

Binding: Hardcover

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