Golem and the Wondrous Deeds of the Maharal of Prague

ISBN-10: 0300143206
ISBN-13: 9780300143201
Edition: 2008
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Description: This collection of interrelated stories about a sixteenth-century Prague rabbi and the golem he created became an immediate bestseller upon its publication in 1909. So widely popular and influential was Yudl Rosenberg7;s book, it is no exaggeration  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 8/19/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

This collection of interrelated stories about a sixteenth-century Prague rabbi and the golem he created became an immediate bestseller upon its publication in 1909. So widely popular and influential was Yudl Rosenberg7;s book, it is no exaggeration to claim that the author transformed the centuries-old understanding of the creature of clay and single-handedly created the myth of the golem as protector of the Jewish people during times of persecution. In addition to translating Rosenberg7;s classic golem story into English for the first time, Curt Leviant also offers an introduction in which he sets Rosenberg7;s writing in historical context and discusses the golem legend before and after Rosenberg7;s contributions. Generous annotations are provided for the curious reader. The book is full of adventures, surprises, romance, suspense, mysticism, Jewish pride, and storytelling at its best. The Chief Rabbi of Prague, known as the Maharal, brings the golem Yossele to life to help the Jews fight false accusations of ritual murder-the infamous blood libel. More human, more capable, and more reliable as a protector than any golem imagined before, Rosenberg7;s Golem irrevocably changed one of the most widely influential icons of Jewish folklore.

Curt Leviant is the prize-winning author or translator of more than two dozen books, including six critically acclaimed novels. His translations include Isaac Bashevis Singer’sMore Stories from My Father’s Courtand five volumes of Sholom Aleichem collections. He has won the Wallant Award for his fiction and several national and international writing fellowships.

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