House with Seven Windows by Kadya Molodowsky
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House with Seven Windows
By Kadya Molodowsky

A House with Seven Windows

Short Stories

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Translated by Leah Schoolnik See other recent books by Leah Schoolnik
Format: Paperback

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House with Seven Windows by Kadya Molodowsky

Book Description

"A House of Seven Windows" by Kadya Molodowsky is the famed Yiddish poet's only collection of short stories. Written in simple prose, these stories are subtle portraits - tragic-comic, bittersweet, always generous spirited - of ordinary people: Jews in pre-World War II Eastern Europe and Jews struggling to adjust to life in America. A traditional-minded husband is defeated by his wife who wants only the latest fashion. A community leader's position is supported and maintained by his more energetic and political-minded wife. A couple, ardent supporters of the newly formed state of Israel, nevertheless find themselves at odds with their son who intends to live there. An American Jew who almost single-handedly supports his shtetl in Europe returns to find that it has been obliterated by the Nazis. A couple, newly arrived from the DP camps in Europe, struggles to set sail on the wide seas of America and succeeds, but at a price. While many of the stories are set in Europe and are, in fact, memoirs of Jewish shtetl life, others depict the classic dilemmas of immigrants wrestling with their own identity - stories about adapting to a new culture, yet attempting to maintain traditional customs, stories about the inability of one generation to understand the other. Molodowsky's lucid style and keen observation of the absurd and the sublime offer readers beautifully crafted stories filled with richly drawn character portraits.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780815608455
ISBN-10: 0815608454
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kadya Molodowsky

Kadya Molodowsky was born in Bereza Kartuska, a town in Belarus. She was active in the Yiddish social and literary movements in Kiev and Warsaw in the 1920s. Her books of poetry include Paper Bridges: Selected Poems of Kadya Molodowsky. Leah Schoolnik has translated other prose works by Kadya Molodowsky and short stories by Yossl Birstein, Avrom Dubleman, Pincas Berniker, and Osher Schuchinsky.

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