In 1934, with World War II on the horizon, writer Jacob Glatstein (1896â€“1971) traveled from his home in America to his native Poland to visit his dying mother. One of the foremost Yiddish poets of the day, he used his journey as the basis for two highly autobiographical novellas (translated as The Glatstein Chronicles) in which he intertwines childhood memories with observations of growing anti-Semitism in Europe.
Glatsteinâ€™s accounts â€œstretch like a tightrope across a chasm,â€ writes preeminent Yiddish scholar Ruth Wisse in the Introduction. In Book One, â€œHomeward Bound,â€ the narrator, Yash, recounts his voyage to his birthplace in Poland and the array of international travelers he meets along the way. Book Two, â€œHomecoming at Twilight,â€ resumes after his motherâ€™s funeral and ends with Yashâ€™s impending return to the United States, a Jew with an American passport who recognizes the ominous history he is traversing.
The Glatstein Chronicles is at once insightful reportage of the year after Hitler came to power, reflection by a leading intellectual on contemporary culture and events, and the closest thing we have to a memoir by the boy from Lublin, Poland, who became one of the finest poets of the twentieth century.
Author : Jacob Glatstein
ISBN : 0300095147
Language : English
No of Pages : 432
Publication Date : 11/1/2010
Format/Binding : Paperback
Book dimensions : 8.1x5.5x1
Book weight : 0.01
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