From the Jewish Provinces

Selected Stories

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Pub Date 15 Nov 2021 | Archive Date Not set

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From the Jewish Provinces showcases a brilliant and nearly forgotten voice in Yiddish letters. An insistently original writer whose abrupt departure from the literary scene is the stuff of legend, Fradl Shtok composed stories that describe the travails of young women looking for love and desire in a world that spurns them. These women struggle with disability, sexual violence, and unwanted marriage, striving to imagine themselves as artists or losing themselves in fantasy worlds. The men around them grapple with their own frustrations and failures to live up to stifling social expectations. Through deft portraits of her characters’ inner worlds Shtok grants us access to unnoticed corners of the Jewish imagination.
 
Set alternately in the Austro‑Hungarian borderlands and in New York City, Shtok’s stories interpret the provincial worlds of the Galician shtetl and the Lower East Side with literary sophistication, experimenting with narrative techniques that make her stories expertly alive to women’s aesthetic experiences.
From the Jewish Provinces showcases a brilliant and nearly forgotten voice in Yiddish letters. An insistently original writer whose abrupt departure from the literary scene is the stuff of legend...

Advance Praise

“Finkin and Schachter offer a long-overdue reevaluation of Shtok’s prose writing, analyzing the stories clearly while leaving much for readers to discern for themselves . . . a welcome addition to the (slowly) growing corpus of Yiddish women’s prose in English translation.” —Anita Norich, author of Writing in Tongues: Translating Yiddish in the Twentieth Century

“Finkin and Schachter offer a long-overdue reevaluation of Shtok’s prose writing, analyzing the stories clearly while leaving much for readers to discern for themselves . . . a welcome addition to...


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