Yiddish A Nation of Words

ISBN-10: 0345447301
ISBN-13: 9780345447302
Edition: N/A
Authors: Miriam Weinstein
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/27/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

About a thousand years ago, European Jews began speaking a language that was quite different from the various tongues and dialects that swirled around them. It included Hebrew, a touch of the Romance and Slavic languages, and a large helping of German. In a world of earthly wandering, this pungent, witty, and infinitely nuanced speech, full of jokes, puns, and ironies, became the linguistic home of the Jews, the bond that held a people together. Here is the remarkable story of how this humble language took vigorous root in Eastern European shtetls and in the Jewish quarters of cities across Europe; how it achieved a rich literary flowering between the wars in Europe and America; how it was rejected by emancipated Jews; and how it fell victim to the Holocaust. And how, in yet another twist of destiny, Yiddish today is becoming the darling of academia. Yiddish is a history as story, a tale of flesh-and-blood people with manic humor, visionary courage, brilliant causes, and glorious flaws. It will delight everyone who cares about language, literature, and culture.

Timeline
Cast of Characters
A Note on Yiddish Spelling
Map of Yiddish Lands
Introduction: Talking Jewish
Birth and Growth
Long as the Jewish Exile
Poland: Rest Here
Shtetl: A Separate World
Enlightenment and Hasidism: The Head and the Heart
The Modern Era
Eastern Europe: Opening the Gates
The Road to Czernowitz: The Politics of Language
Russia: Kissed by a Thief
The Soviet Union: Marching and Singing to Birobidzhan
Israel: Language Wars in the Holy Land
America: The Golden Land
Poland: Drinking in the World
Eastern Europe: Language as History
Annihilation
Singing in the Face of Death
Aftermath
Europe: Life from the Ashes
America: Golden Land, Goyish Land
Russia: The Heartthrob Yiddish Poet
Israel: A New Nation, a New Tongue
Present and Future
Europe and Israel: Bulletins from Now
America: Preserving Tomorrow's Song
Glossary
Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

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