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The Shadows of Berlin: The Berlin Stories of Dovid Bergelson

by Dovid Bergelson

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The most interesting thing about this book, IMO, was the history of the author. David Bergelson lived in Berlin during the 1920's. During that time it was a place of exile for Yiddish intellectuals. He eventually returned to Russia thinking that Yiddish culture would thrive in the communist state. Unfortunately, Stalin had other ideas. Bergelson was killed in 1952. This collection of short stories are pretty dark, but clever and layered. Not for the casual reader, but if you have an interest in Jewish history or the problems faced by emigrants, or Soviet-Jewish literature, a great read. ( )
  nittnut | Nov 28, 2014 |
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On Kottbusser Damm, in Frau Hilde Guenther's kitchen, on a small, knitted throw rug, Tell, a huge, hairy, wolf-like dog with a sharp, pointed muzzle, was lying, with his head resting on his extended front paws.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0872864448, Paperback)

Shadows of Berlin is, in part, a bleak chronicle of life in Europe growing ever more hostile at the edge of World War II, part mythic parable. Bergelson’s stories—passionate, honest, dark and often hilarious—hint at the possibility of redemption even as they suggest a horror just around the corner.

Dovid Bergelson (1884–1952) is considered to be one of the best Soviet Yiddish writers of the twentieth century. He was executed in 1952 as part of Stalin’s purge of Soviet Yiddish culture.

Joachim Neugroschel is the winner of three PEN Translation Awards and the French-American Translation Prize. His translations include works by Franz Kafka, Marcel Proust and Thomas Mann.

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