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The Letters of Menakhem-Mendl and Sheyne-Sheyndl and Motl, the Cantor's Son
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The Letters of Menakhem-Mendl and Sheyne-Sheyndl and Motl, the Cantor's Son

Sholem Aleichem

Abstract

This book presents an outstanding new translation of two favorite comic novels by the preeminent Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem. The Letters of Menakhem-Mendl and Sheyne-Sheyndl portrays a tumultuous marriage through letters exchanged between the title character, an itinerant bumbler seeking his fortune in the cities of Russia before departing alone for the New World, and his scolding wife, who becomes increasingly fearful, jealous, and mystified. Motl, the Cantor's Son is the first-person narrative of a mischievous and keenly observant boy who emigrates with his family from Russia to America. ... More

Keywords: comic novels, Sholem Aleichem, The Letters of Menakhem-Mendl and Sheyne-Sheyndl, Menakhem-Mendl, Sheyne-Sheyndl, Motl, the Cantor's Son, first-person narrative, New York, comic voice, traditional Jewish life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780300092462
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300092462.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sholem Aleichem, author

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