No Star Too Beautiful by Joachim Neugroschel
An Anthology of Yiddish Stories 1382 to the Present

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Yiddish Became the everyday speech of Jews all over Europe and then globally with further Jewish emigration. It gave rise to a literature that reflected not only Jewish life but also the culture of the lands in which the Jews lived. A descriptive and flavorful tongue, it was used for forms as diverse as religious tales, fables, humor, social realism, surrealism, and the literary experiments of more modern times.

No Star Too Beautiful is a bountiful anthology that brings together the masterpieces of this now vanishing tongue. Joachim Neugroschel has chosen stories emblematic of the people and their times, so that This volume chronicles not only a literary tradition but also the history of the people who created it. He has newly translated as well as compiled these stories, creating a seamless effect rarely approached in a work filled with so many voices. This astounding anthology is a lasting gift for generations.


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Joachim Neugroschel was a well known literary translator (he translated French, German, Italian, Russian, Yiddish, and German). He also published poetry and was a poetry magazine founder. Neugroschel was born in Vienna on January 13, 1938. He grew up in New York City and graduated from Bronx Science in 1954, and Columbia University in 1958 with a degree in English and Comparative Literature. He moved to Europe and returned to New York six years later where he became a literary translator. Neugroschel was the winner of three PEN Translation Awards, the 1994 French-American Translation Prize, and the Guggenheim Fellowship in German Literature (1998). Neugroschel died on May 23, 2011 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was 73.
Published October 21, 2002 by W. W. Norton & Company. 880 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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and Bertha Lelchuk’s racy summa of the immigrant experience, “The Aunt from Norfolk.” The anthology concludes with excerpts from Yehuda Elberg’s Joycean The Empire of Kalman the Cripple, Chava Rosenfarb’s elegiac Bociany, and Isaac Bashevis Singer’s classic story of unshakable faith, “Gimpel the ...

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the earliest piece is a somewhat salacious romp chronicling the lust Potiphar's wife feels for the enslaved Joseph, while The Mayse Book of 1602 is probably the origin of the famous story of Hillel's one-sentence response to a convert's demand to be taught the entire Torah while he stood on one ...

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