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The Brothers Ashkenazi by I.J. Singer | Foreword and Excerpt

The Brothers Ashkenazi by I.J. Singer | Foreword and Excerpt

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Foreword by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

In the Polish city of Lodz, the brothers Ashkenazi grew up very differently in talent and in temperament. Max, the firstborn, is fiercely intelligent and conniving, determined to succeed financially by any means necessary. Slower-witted Jacob is strong, handsome, and charming but without great purpose in life. While Max is driven by ambition and greed to be more successful than his brother, Jacob is drawn to easy living and decadence. As waves of industrialism and capitalism flood the city, the brothers and their families are torn apart by the clashing impulses of old piety and new skepticism, traditional ways and burgeoning appetites, and the hatred that grows between faiths, citizens, and classes. Despite all attempts to control their destinies, the brothers are caught up by forces of history, love, and fate, which shape and, ultimately, break them.
First published in 1936, The Brothers Ashkenazi quickly became a best seller as a sprawling family saga. Breaking away from the introspective shtetl tales of classic nineteenth-century writers, I. J. Singer brought to Yiddish literature the multilayered plots, large casts of characters, and narrative sweep of the traditional European novel. Walking alongside such masters as Zola, Flaubert, and Tolstoy, I . J. Singer’s premodernist social novel stands as a masterpiece of storytelling.

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Foreword by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

In the Polish city of Lodz, the brothers Ashkenazi grew up very differently in talent and in temperament. Max, the firstborn, is fiercely intelligent and conniving, determined to succeed financially by any means necessary. Slower-witted Jacob is strong, handsome, and charming but without great purpose in life. While Max is driven by ambition and greed to be more successful than his brother, Jacob is drawn to easy living and decadence. As waves of industrialism and capitalism flood the city, the brothers and their families are torn apart by the clashing impulses of old piety and new skepticism, traditional ways and burgeoning appetites, and the hatred that grows between faiths, citizens, and classes. Despite all attempts to control their destinies, the brothers are caught up by forces of history, love, and fate, which shape and, ultimately, break them.
First published in 1936, The Brothers Ashkenazi quickly became a best seller as a sprawling family saga. Breaking away from the introspective shtetl tales of classic nineteenth-century writers, I. J. Singer brought to Yiddish literature the multilayered plots, large casts of characters, and narrative sweep of the traditional European novel. Walking alongside such masters as Zola, Flaubert, and Tolstoy, I . J. Singer’s premodernist social novel stands as a masterpiece of storytelling.

Click here to buy: http://www.otherpress.com/books/book?ean=9781590512906

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I. J. SINGER
THE BROTHERS
ASHKENAZI
With a foreword by
REBECCA NEWBERGER GOLDSTEIN
 And an introduction by
IRVING HOWE
Translated by
 JOSEPH SINGER
OTHER PRESSNEW YORK
 
Other Press edition
2010
Yiddish edition copyright I. J. Singer,
1937
Copyright renewed Joseph Singer,
1965
English translation copyright © Joseph Singer,
1980
Originally published in Yiddish under the title
 Di brider Ashkenazi.
This translation first published in the United States of AmericabyAtheneum Publishers
1980
Published by Penguin Books
1993
Foreword copyright ©
2010
Rebecca Newberger GoldsteinGrateful acknowledgement is made for permission to reprint theintroduction by Irving Howe to
The Brothers Ashkenazi
by I. J. SingerCopyright ©
1980
by Bantam, a division of Bantam Doubleday DellPublishing Group, Inc. Used by permission of Bantam Books, a divisionof Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.Production Editor:
Yvonne E. Cárdenas
Design revisions for this edition by Simon M. Sullivan
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All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced ortransmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, includingphotocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system,without written permission from Other Press LLC, except in the case of brief quotations in reviews for inclusion in a magazine, newspaper, or broadcast.Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper. For informationwrite to Other Press LLC,
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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are theproduct of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblanceto actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

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