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This memoir of Sholom Aleichem by his youngest daughter is at once the first complete biography of a great writer and a warm and charming evocation of family life in pre-Revolutionary Russia.
Although critics in many countries have commented voluminously on the world that Sholom Aleichem created in his stories -- that world of simple villages, of humor and wisdom and moral sensitivity -- his own life, astonishingly, has never before been fully told. And much of it may come as a surprise to the vast audience that has read his stories in English, in Yiddish, in almost every major language spoken today, or seen them transmuted as Fiddler on the Roof. For this man whose writing conjures up the naive magic of folklore was himself a Kiev stockbroker, urbane, sophisticated, an early supporter of Zionism, a contributor to literary journals -- the memoir provides fascinating insights into literary and theatrical circles of the time -- an intellectual and a man of the world.
Sholom Aleichem's ebullient nature and intellectual civility, triumphing over early hardship, over ill health and the anguish of world crisis, pervaded even his will: he asked that the anniversary of his death be celebrated by reading "one of the very merry" of his stories, so that his name might be "recalled with laughter".
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Publisher Sholom Aleichem Family Publications
ISBN 1929068018 ISBN13 9781929068012
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A warm and affectionate memoir Jan 18, 2005
This memoir by Marie Waife- Goldberg Shalom Aleichem's fifth child is an attempt to give the world a fuller picture of her beloved father. She writes in her preface that Sholom Aleichem had written his life - story to the age of twenty- one,and had always wanted the story completed. She thought her mother would do it but her mother was unable to. Another sister wrote vignettes but did not write the story. So with her husband's urging she wrote the story of a writer who went through many difficult times in his life but who became a legend throughout the Jewish world . Anyone who has an interest in Yiddish literature and in one of mankind's remarkable humorist storytellers should enjoy this work.