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The First Breach

S. An-sky

Hardcover $50.00s    |    978-0-8156-3504-8    |    2017

Paper $19.95    |    978-0-8156-1084-7    |    2017

ebook 978-0-8156-5404-9

History finds a human voice in this humorous novel about a young man seeking to be a part of the great Jewish enlightenment sweeping across Europe.

"A smart, capacious, and original novel, exploring how the Jewish enlightenment movement called Haskala functioned on the ground, in traditional small towns, in the lives of imperfect, inconsistent individuals. Rose Waldman’s translation of the novel is what a translation should be: full, precise, and literate. It does justice to both the variety of speech registers and the technical religious vocabulary by which the characters articulate themselves: not a small accomplishment, and a work to be celebrated and read."—Lawrence Rosenwald, Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of English, Director, Program in Peace and Justice Studies, Wellesley College

"A compelling narrative about struggles for personal and social transformation among ordinary young Jewish men and women in late nineteenth-century Russia. Waldman’s translation makes a valuable contribution to the growing body of An-sky’s works available in English. It will be a source for all scholars, teachers, and students of East European Jewish history and literature."—Polly Zavadivker, assistant professor of history, University of Delaware


  S. An-sky, pseudonym of Shloyme-Zanvl Rappoport (1863–1920), was a Russian Jewish writer whose prolific oeuvre includes plays (the famous The Dybbuk, among them), short stories, poetry, novels, and nonfiction. He conceived and directed the Jewish Ethnographic Expedition between 1912 and 1914; the thousands of objects gathered by the expedition bear witness to a lifestyle that no longer exists. Rose Waldman holds an M.F.A. from Columbia University. Her translations have appeared as a chapbook, "Married" (an I. L. Peretz story), in Have I Got a Story for You (Norton), and in various literary journals. She was a 2014 and 2016 translation fellowship recipient from the Yiddish Book Center.

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