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Desire, Destiny, and Death

Desire, Destiny, and Death

Fantasy and Reality in Soviet Yiddish Literature around 1929

Chapter:
(p.217) 14 Desire, Destiny, and Death
Source:
1929
Author(s):
Mikhail Krutikov
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814720202.003.0015

This chapter examines the convergence of fantasy and reality in Yiddish literature produced in the Soviet Union around 1929. It first considers a series of high-profile ideological campaigns in the Soviet Union that affected Yiddish writers such as Leyb Kvitko, Der Nister, and Perets Markish. It then assesses the impact of international developments on Soviet Yiddish politics, including the outbreak of Arab violence in Palestine, before shifting to a discussion of literary productivity in 1929. In particular, it analyzes the short stories of Der Nister and Shmuel Godiner, as well as Meir Wiener's novel Ele Faleks untergang (The Downfall of Ele Falek).

Keywords:   short stories, Yiddish literature, 1929, Soviet Union, Yiddish writers, Der Nister, Shmuel Godiner, Meir Wiener, Ele Faleks untergang

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