First time in Paperback
The Family Mashber is a protean work: a tale of a divided family and divided souls, a panoramic picture of an Eastern European town, a social satire, a kabbalistic allegory, an innovative fusion of modernist art and traditional storytelling, a tale of weird humor and mounting tragic power, embellished with a host of uncanny and fantastical figures drawn from daily life and the depths of the unconscious. Above all, the book is an account of a world in crisis (in Hebrew, mashber means crisis), torn between the competing claims of family, community, business, politics, the individual conscience, and an elusive God.
At the center of the book are three brothers: the businessman Moshe, at the height of his fortunes as the story begins, but whose luck takes a permanent turn for the worse; the religious seeker Luzi, who, for all his otherworldliness, finds himself ever more caught up in worldly affairs; and the idiot-savant Alter, whose reclusive existence is tortured by fear and sexual desire. The novel is also haunted by the enigmatic figure of Sruli Gol, a drunk, a profaner of sacred things, an outcast, who nonetheless finds his way through every door and may well hold the key to the brothers’ destinies.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Der Nister (1884–1950) was the pen name used by Pinhas Kahanovitch, a Yiddish writer, philosopher, translator, critic, and key figure in modernist literature in Kiev in the 1920s. In 1921, in the wake of the Russian Revolution, Der Nister left Russia and settled in Germany, where he published two collections of stories. In 1927, he returned to the Soviet Union, where his work was declared reactionary by the Soviet regime and its literary critics. He was arrested in 1949 and died in a Soviet prison hospital in 1950.
Leonard Wolf is a much-published writer of poetry, fiction, social history, and biography, and a leading translator of Yiddish literature. He lives in New York City.
David Malouf is a novelist and poet. His novel The Great World was awarded the Commonwealth Prize and Remembering Babylon was short-listed for the Booker Prize. He has received the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He lives in Sydney, Australia.Language Notes:
Text: English, Yiddish (translation)
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Flamingo, 1979. Book Condition: Good. First Thus. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP87244775
Book Description Flamingo. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Good. 0006542425 Books shipped daily. Professional seller. Bookseller Inventory # Z0006542425Z3
Book Description Flamingo, 1979. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. This is a straightforward secondhand paperback copy, in good readable condition, No significant flaws We sell high quality books at reasonable prices, shipped regularly from the UK. We are part of the Petersfield Bookshop who are members of the ABA, ILAB and PBFA. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000011614
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: Good+. A good plus copy in paperback-no markings; Flamingo S.; 7.72 X 5.12 X 1.50 inches; 672 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 52788
Book Description Flamingo. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Very Good. 0006542425. Bookseller Inventory # BBB0031849
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR003590681
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR003680647
Book Description Flamingo, 1979. Book Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 0006542425-2-4