Questions tagged [yiddish-literature]

For questions about works of literature originally written in Yiddish. Use this tag for any questions about such works, not just for the body of Yiddish literature as a whole.

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Why did Isaac Bashevis Singer win the Nobel Prize for Literature?

I love IBS's books and have read many of them, but I fail to understand how such niche writing garnered a Nobel Prize in Literature. The audience of his brilliant books are Jews, old Jews, ...
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Did Isaac Bashevis Singer write only in Yiddish, or also in English?

While researching another question, a couple of us have found what appears to be a contradiction in the Wikipedia page for Isaac Bashevis Singer. The introductory section of the article says: He ...
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What does “haidamak” mean?

The first line of Isaac Bashevis Singer's Satan in Goray goes: In the year 1648, the wicked Ukrainian hetman, Bogdan Chmelnicki, and his followers besieged the city of Zamosć but could not take it, ...
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Why does “Satan in Goray” abruptly change in style at the end?

When I glanced at the Goodreads page for Satan in Goray by Isaac Bashevis Singer (translated by Jacob Sloan), part of this review caught my eye: Unfortunately the ending did fall a bit short. It ...